Spring’s Midseason Report

Midway through the season, many Choate teams are preparing for postseason runs and hoping for end-of-season triumph.  Whether a team is  enjoying success or still trying to reach its potential, there’s still plenty left to play

Boys’ Tennis

Boys’ Varsity Tennis is 6-5, experiencing both surprising wins and tough losses.  Nathan Chang ’17 said of the season, “We started off the season well, and I think a big highlight was at the Kingswood Oxford Invitational, where we tied with Deerfield for second.”  The team, with a mix of both veterans and new players, is positioned for a great finish.

Girls’ Tennis

Coming off a huge win against Kent, Girls’ Varsity Tennis is gearing up for a strong finish.  Captain Caroline Quinn ’18 said, “A highlight has to include our NMH sweep. It was really great to start off our season with a solid win, as we are a young team. Another highlight match would be Kent. Our team and Kent are both very similar in skill, which made it tough, and we ended up beating them 5-4.”  After a tough start the season, Girls’ Tennis may be heating up.  

Baseball

With a 9-4 record, Varsity Baseball has had a strong season against some tough opposition this spring.  “By far our biggest win was against Loomis, in which Tyler Daly ’17 pitched a great game,” said Captain Jake MacKenzie ’17.  MacKenzie went on, “Sean Dennehy ’19 has been a very solid member of the team this year, and he has been hitting very well for us throughout the year.” The team has great leadership and energy and will have to utilize that experience down the stretch.

Girls’ Water Polo

While their 4-10 record may not show it, the Girls’ Water Polo team has had a good season.  Captain Nicole Sellew ’17 said of the season, “Our season is going really well. We have had a couple of close losses, most notably against Suffield and Exeter, and some great wins. Deerfield was a good one!” The team has also been lucky to have contributions from new players Izzy So ’20 and Grace Zhang ’20. The team must finish well if it wants to make a late season run toward a championship.

Boys’ Crew

Boys’ Varsity Crew has had a strong season so far, splitting its first two regattas. Captain David Herman ’17 said of the challenges so far, “We have been focusing on developing the newer rowers and dealing with injuries, including that of one of our captains, Alex Overmeer ’17. We are looking forward to the rest of the season and NEIRAs, where we expect to do well.” Anticipate some impressive results coming off the water from the Boys’ Crew Team as their season heats up.

Girls’ Crew

Girls’ Varsity Crew has had a strong season, winning two out of three regattas. Captain Alyssa Zhou ’17 said of the season, “The team has been working really hard and have been so supportive of one another. We’ve raced CRLS, Taft, and Berkshire so far, and we’ve definitely had results that we can be proud of. The first boat had a disappointing loss against CRLS by 0.8 seconds but came back and won against Taft and Berkshire, a long awaited victory.” With the championships approaching, Girls’ Crew hopes its season of hard work pays off.

Boys’ Lacrosse

The Boys’ Lacrosse season has been full of highs and lows, with big wins against teams like Salisbury and Berkshire, while losing tight games to Brunswick and Taft, both nationally ranked teams. With a record of 6-6, the team will look to make a huge push and grab late-season wins.

Girls’ Lacrosse

Captain Alex Jarvis ’17 summarized the season: “We are the number one team in the Founders’ League and on a nine-game winning streak, and beating Loomis Chaffee, Greenwich Academy, and Deerfield are our highlight wins, no doubt.”  With a deep roster, led by key players such as Captain Claire Marshall ’17, Kristina Schuler ’17, Katie Cronin ’17, and Emily Clorite ’18, the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Team is definitely looking at post-season success, perhaps even a championship.

Sailing

Coming off a few disappointing finishes, Sailing has maintained a solid season. Captain Olivia van den Born ’17 said, “One highlight would be in early races against Tabor, where our clean sailing and communication put us in the mix against a good team. Additionally, Arin Kaye ’17 and Madeline Simms ’19 managed to place fourth at the Hereschoff Qualifiers at the Coast Guard Academy, which was huge.”  Sailing looks to continue its local dominance towards the end of the season.

Boys’ Volleyball

Boys’ Volleyball isn’t the most watched team, but they aren’t to be overlooked. The team is 5-1 against league opponents, and it will be the second seed in the New England Tournament.  Captain Chanin Kitjatanapan ’17 said of some big performances, “The wins included two five-set games against Andover, as well a 3-0 sweep against volleyball powerhouse NMH in three years.”  He said that the team is excited for the New England Tournament, where they look to claim a championship.

Girls’ Golf

For an inexperienced team, Girls’ Varsity Golf certainly doesn’t play like it with an 8-2 record. Captain Anne Miles DeMott ’18 said of the group, “Overall, we are doing great. Our returning players have practiced hard and gotten better, while our new players have all improved since the beginning of the year.” Emma Fekete ’18 said of her captain, “Anne Miles has done an amazing job stepping up this year and has had some really impressive wins.” Look for the team to notch more wins by season’s end.

Boys’ Track and Field

With only 2 losses, Boys’ Track and Field is looking for post-season success at the Founder’s League and New England level. Newcomers Hunter Reynolds ’17 and Mustafe Dahir ’19 have had massive contributions, while veterans Austin Huang ’17 and Lloyd Williams ’18 have dominated their events, whether on the track or in the field. Expect hardware from this group later this month.

Girls’ Track and Field

The Girls’ Track and Field team has dominated this spring going undefeated, beating Loomis Chaffee and annihilating Deerfield. Captains Abby Blair ’17, Lauren Lamb ’17, and Maya Birney ’17 have all led from the front, literally, taking home points every meet. The girls have to be considered favorites at both the Founder’s League and New England Championships.

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