by Roger Wistar
Both the boys and girls varsity squash teams finished fifth at this weekend's New England championships.
Most impressively for the Bearcats, every single one of the 14 squash players won her or his opening match of the two events, which saw the boys competing at Choate and the girls playing at Exeter. Each event consisted of seven seeded draws, with school accumulating points based on the performance of each of their seven players.
Every player for the boys finished in at least sixth place or better, led by #5 Sam Charlton '20, who won three of his four matches to finish third. Each of the other six boys lost his second match but rebounded to with the third, setting up a final match for fifth place in the bracket. Taylor Clayton '21 at #3, Obi Okoli '20 at #6, and Tommy Whittemore '20 at #7 finished fifth, and #1 Justin Ghaeli '18, #2 Tyler Mackesy '19, and #5 Scott Shrager '19 finished sixth.
For the girls, the overall result was the same, but there was a wider disparity in individual finishes. Julia Chai '20 at #2 and Eleanor Burke '20 at #3 each won their first three matches before falling in the championship match to finish second. The other five girls lost their second matches, with #1 Emily Rose '18 and #6 Christine Deng '18 finishing fifth, #4 Mitra Kardestuncer '20 and #7 Claire Jennings '18 finishing eighth, and #5 Nina Flinn '21 finishing ninth.
The boys also received a team sportsmanship award, voted on by the other teams competing at the event.