by Roger Wistar
Both the boys and girls squash teams competed at the New England championships over the weekend of Feb. 24-26, with the boys traveling to St. Paul's and the girls visiting Deerfield.
Unlike US Nationals, which features team matches, the New England tournament involves seven seeded draws with one entrant per school, and the teams accumulate points based on the finishes of each player.
The boys proved resilient on the day, emerging with a fifth-place overall finish. The best result for any Bearcat (boy or girl) was Max Li '17 (#7 seed), who won a rugged four-game match to finish third in his draw.
Although none of the other boys managed to get past the quarterfinals, they marched through the consolation bracket, with all six managing to reach at least the 8/9 game for their draws.
Christian Kohlmeyer '17 had to sweat out two five-game matches, rallying from an 0-2 deficit in the consolation semifinals and a 1-2 deficit in the consolation finals to finish in fifth at #4.
Tyler Mackesy '19 (#2 seed), Fin Ong '17 (#3 seed), and Scott Shrager '19 (#6 seed) also reached the consolation finals before losing to finish sixth.
The girls ran into some hard luck and finished eighth overall. Julia Chai '20 (#2 seed) and Katie Smith '17 (#4 seed) provided the highlights for the Bearcats. Each lost in the quarterfinals but rebounded to win three straight matches in the consolation brackets and capture fifth place.