Spring sports enter final weeks of seasons: Teams are looking to end their seasons strong

Alice Hickson, Web A&E

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Outdoor Track

On April 21, girls’ and boys’ outdoor track kicked into the new season by winning a home meet against Norwalk and Stamford. The girls carried that success over to Pennsylvania for the Penn Relays. The girls’ 4×400 team, which consisted of Ivy Prince ’17, Sarah Neckritz ’17, Lindsey Giannitti ’15 and Susie Martin ’17, placed 13th overall with a time of 4:42.38.

“The team aspect that comes from working together in a relay brings that extra motivation that you can’t get as easily from an open event,” Martin said.

Water Polo

Since the beginning of the season the girls’ water polo team has gone up against some of the top teams in the state including Chelsea Piers, Greenwich and the Hopkins School. Although they have had a rough start to the season, losing their first three games, the team is optimistic.

“It can be a little challenging sometimes, but it definitely motivates us to try our hardest,” Julia Bilotti ’18 said.

Being a freshman, Bilotti is new to the team this year and noted, “the upperclassmen have been very helpful and always try and help us improve.”

Rugby

The rugby team is starting off strong; after a 3-1 start they are currently ranked number one in the state. The team had an exciting win against their rival, Fairfield Prep, for the first time in 13 years on Thursday, April 9. With less than two minutes left in the game, Jake Troelstra ’15 scored a try to tie, and Ben van der Merwe ’18 kicked the conversion to go ahead by two, making the final score 32-30.

“The team is excited to have the opportunity to go far in the state tournament, but for now we’re focused on winning the regular season games we have ahead of us,” Kevin Watt ’15 said.

Tennis

Coming back from an impressive record of 17-4 last year, the girls’ tennis team is already in full swing. They beat out Greenwich and Darien already this season.

The team lost once this season against Fairfield Ludlowe, the number one team in the state, with a final score of 4-3. However, the team will face Ludlowe again in the FCIAC and State tournaments and hopes to exceed last year’s results.

“I know my team is working really hard and I know that we’ll be able to go far in states,” Olivia Daytz ’16 said.

Golf

The girls’ golf team opened their season by tying against their biggest rival and last year’s state champion, Greenwich. Their second match was an away game against Trumbull, where they won by six strokes.

“Honestly, we are in it to win it,” Coach Patty Kondub said. “We last won FCIACs and States in 2008. I know this team can do that again.”

Kondub is confident that the team possesses the talent, focus and fortitude to pull off a winning season.

“Our freshman bring a lot of depth to the team, and we know we are going to go far [this year],” said Varsity member, Vanessa