by Roger Wistar
Both the boys and girls squash teams braved the elements to compete at this year's U.S. High School Team Championships over the weekend of Feb. 10-12.
A pair of opening-round defeats knocked both teams into the consolation brackets, but each rallied back with at least one victory at the event. The boys bowed out in the consolation semifinals to finish 11th overall, and the girls reached the consolation finals, which were cancelled due to weather, giving them a tie for 9th place.
The tournament is a team tournament, meaning that each round consists of a full head-to-head match against another school pitting each team's top seven players against each other.
After dropping their first match 1-6 to eventual fifth-place finisher Agnes Irwin, the girls rallied back with tense 4-3 victories over Milton Academy and Penn Charter to reach the consolation finals.
Julia Chai '20 at the #2 seed, Katie Smith '17 at #4, and Elissa Ito '19 at #7 all won multiple matches at the event.
The boys opened their draw in similar fashion, losing 1-6 to a Nobles & Greenough team that tied for fifth. They then rallied for a 5-2 win over Deerfield before losing 4-3 to Packard Collegiate in the consolation semifinals for an 11th-place finish.
Christian Kohlmeyer '17 at #4, Scott Shrager '19 at #6, and Max Li '17 at #7 all won multiple matches for the Bearcats, with Li earning the unique distinction of being the only Hotchkiss player, boy or girl, to win all three matches over the weekend.