The boys varsity squash team posted the best finish in school history at the U.S. High School Team Championships, finishing sixth in Division 1.
The girls varsity also enjoyed a successful weekend, winning three matches en route to a second-place finish in Division 2 at the event, hosted by Trinity College from Feb. 1-3. The tournament consists of a series of team matches over several days, with each match pitting seven players from each school against each other.
The boys opened the weekend with a convincing 7-0 sweep over familiar foe Spring Chestnut Hill Academy, before running into the buzz saw of Brunswick School in the second round. Brunswick would go on to win the tournament in dominant fashion, dropping only one individual match in the finals.
Blunted but unbowed, the Bearcats headed into the 5-8 draw and rebounded with a gritty 4-3 win over the Brunswick B team. Tyler Mackesy ’19 at #1, Taylor Clayton ’21 at #2, Sam Charlton ’20 at #3, and Scott Shrager ’19 at #5 won matches to clinch the victory for Hotchkiss.
The win put the team into the 5/6 game against Episcopal Academy, where they found themselves on the wrong end this time of a 4-3 decision. Clayton, Charlton, and William Eun ’20 at #7 won their matches.
Chris Kenny ’22 at #4 and Obi Okoli ’20 at #6 also competed for the Bearcats, winning their opening matches against SCH.
The girls powered through their draw with three straight wins, with each match getting successively more difficult. The Bearcats opened with a sweep of Poly Prep, and followed up with a 5-2 win over St. Catherine’s and a 4-3 victory over Germantown Friends to reach the finals, where they dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to Spence School to finish second in Division II.
Each girl won multiple matches at the tournament, led by Ellie Burke ’20 at #2, who was a perfect 4-0 for the weekend. Makayla Oas ’21 at #3 and Nina Flinn ’21 at #5 won three of four matches, and Julia Chai ’20 at #1, Mitra Kardestuncer ’20 at #4, Elissa Ito ’19 at #6, and Yitong Wu ’20 at #7 each won two.