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Winter Sports Highlights 2.24.20

Basketball - First Boys'
Feb. 19: Basketball - First Boys’ 37 vs. Berkshire School 62
 
Feb. 21: Basketball - First Boys’ 58 vs. Loomis Chaffee 70
This was one of the more exciting games for the Martlets this season. The team was in good spirits from the bus ride to and from Loomis. The Martlets were down one at halftime, 26-25. In the second half, Loomis went on a run but the Martlets answered with their own run. The entire team played hard. Teddy Mangiarotti ’21 led all scorers with 26 points. Gabe Charleston ’21 had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Joe Walsh ’20 had a fine game with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jack Devlin ’20 ended the night with four points, four rebounds, two assists and solid defense. Overall, it was nice to see the team competing at a high level against one of the best teams in NEPSAC.
 
Feb. 22: Basketball - First Boys’ 47 vs. Kent School 74
The Martlets played a healthy Kent team coming off a back to back. The first half was close, the Martlets only trailed by three. In the second half, Kent started to shoot the ball better and the Martlets had several unforced turnovers, which led to the huge lead increase. Gabe Charleston ’21 led the Martlets with 17 points. Next was Teddy Mangiarotti ‘21, who ended the game with 13 points. Marcello Demerski ’23 added 11 points and seven assists. Owen Larsen '20, Joe Walsh ‘20 and Jack Devlin ’20 all played tough gritty defense against a bigger front court.
 
Basketball - First Girls'
Feb. 19: Basketball - First Girls’ 36 vs. Kent School 41
In the first live-game action in 18 days, Westminster fell to the Kent Lions 41-36. The team started off pretty sleepily and found itself down 12-5 at the end of the first. Kent never pulled away, but Westminster also never closed the gap to less than four for the entire game. Westminster had a few too many bad turnovers, but mostly the team just shot poorly and allowed Kent too many easy shots and second-chance baskets. Co-captain Bella Tawney ’22 led the way with 13 points and 19 rebounds. Eliza Roach ‘21, in her first game back from a shoulder injury a month ago, dropped eight points and five assists. Sam de Kanter ’22 grabbed 12 rebounds, and Margaret Kennedy ’22 and co-captain Bethany Winters ’20 combined for 13 points. 
 
Feb. 20: Basketball - First Girls 41 vs. Kingswood Oxford School 55 
Westminster kept it close for much of the first half, but K-O, spurred by its hot-shooting point guard, went on a 19-2 run to end the half and take a commanding lead. Westminster made a nice 11-2 run to open the third quarter, but a couple of defensive breakdowns and too many turnovers ballooned the deficit up to 15 again. The team trimmed the Wyvern lead down to 10 a couple of times but couldn't sustain a late-game rally. Co-captains Bella Tawney ’22 and Bethany Winters ’20 combined with Eliza Roach ’21 to lead the team in scoring.
 
Feb. 22: Basketball - First Girls’ 38 vs. Suffield Academy 57
Westminster got off to a great start and tied the score at 20 with about four minutes remaining in the first half. A late Tiger run found the team down by seven at the half, and poor offense in the second half enabled Suffield to gradually extend its lead. Co-captain Bethany Winters ’20 was the player of the game, tying her career-high of 22 points on the strength of six 3-pointers.
 
Basketball - Second Boys'
Feb. 19: Basketball - Second Boys’ 22 vs. Berkshire School 30
Feb. 22: Basketball - Second Boys’ 22 vs. Kent School 73
 
Basketball - Third Boys'
Feb. 19: Basketball - Third Boys’ 36 vs. Avon Old Farms School 21
Third Boys’ Basketball played Avon’s Thirds team on the Winged Beaver’s turf, hoping to earn another win and secure the season sweep of Avon. To that end, the Martlets came out of the gate playing strong on defense to stop Avon from making big plays. Several big play makers picked off or stole the ball as the team fought to defend the basket, including Sam Bradley ’23 and Lawrence Taylor ’23 both of whom used their maneuverability to make crucial steals. Leading points were scored by Lucas Wahlberg ’21 and Parker Sinclair ’23. Both provided strong showings; Wahlberg earned the most free throws and two pointers while consistently getting rebounds on offense, while Sinclair was a threat from the outside, sinking two perfect 3-pointers. As the team’s lead widened, the Martlets began shorter rotations to give everyone more opportunities to shine, and finished up with their second win of the season at 36-21.
 
Feb. 21: Basketball - Third Boys’ 34 vs. Loomis Chaffee 57
Third Boys’ Basketball hosted Loomis Chaffee’s thirds team in its second rematch of the year. Seeking redemption at home, the team had practiced approaches to break through the Pelicans’ press defense. While the practice helped the team to get the ball onto offense, the skill with which the Pelicans’ utilized the press still provided a challenge to the Martlets. The team’s top scorer, Boniface Fatohou ’23 showed great ball handling skills, and broke through to the basket several times as the team worked to catch the Pelicans. Despite topping our points from the first game, the Martlets were unable to catch the Pelicans once again, and the game ended at 34-57.

Feb. 22: Basketball - Third Boys’ 27 vs. Rumsey Hall School 57
Third Boys’ Basketball played Rumsey Hall’s varsity team in Washington. The team was pushed hard in the first half, as both offensively and defensively, the Blue Dogs were putting a lot of pressure on the Martlets. This resulted in the team attempting to use 3-pointers to close the gap, with some success from players like Mike Yang ’23 whose two 3-pointers made him the team’s top point scorer. With the second half, Rumsey Hall’s lead was extended, and while the Martlets found more success on the inside and through free throws, including 100% completion rate for free throws from Sam Bradley ’23, the game finished as a Westminster loss at 27-57.
 
Hockey - First Boys'
Feb. 19: Hockey - First Boys’ 4 vs. Loomis Chaffee 8
Loomis got the better of Westminster in this game, making the Martlets chase the lead from the very first puck drop. The Pelicans would slowly pull away, eventually notching eight on the day. 
 
Feb. 22: Hockey - First Boys’ 5 vs. Berkshire School 6
Westminster played a fast, sharp game early in this contest at home. Berkshire had a few players that put up some exceptional points this year, and down the stretch, they made the difference. The Martlets gained a lead and held it for the majority of the game, but Berkshire kept pressing and were able to take the lead midway through the third. Ultimately, the game ended at 6-5.
 
Hockey - First Girls'
Feb. 19: Hockey - First Girls’ 6 vs. Taft School 1
Westminster battled Founders League rival Taft in their second match of the season. The first game had been even until the final minutes so Westminster knew it had to come out strong. The game was even to start, Taft put on serious pressure, forcing Westminster to adjust its breakout. Goalie Kayla Ireland '22 was solid, tying up every shot and slowing the momentum of Taft. Finally at the two minute mark, Cammi Ahern '22 drew a penalty giving the Martlets an advantage to end the period. Megan Rittenhouse '20 won the face-off and Sam DeLeo '21 controlled the play from the top. DeLeo moved the puck to Rittenhouse who slide it to Abby Munger ’20 on the half-wall. Munger let a shot go while Rittenhouse and Jenny Guider '20 screened the goalie. The puck slide by the Taft goalie for the 1-0 lead. Just 30 seconds later, Taylor Adams '20 stole the puck in the neutral zone and after beating her defender took an incredible shot right as she was passing the net that beat the goalie short side for the 2-0 lead. The Martlets came out for the second period determined to play with a bit more urgency. Casey Winslow '21 helped set the tone as she made incredible breakout plays that set her team up for good zone entry. Then at the 14-minute mark, Adams walked out of the corner and sent a hard shot that rebounded right to Amelia Molin '23 in front. Molin buried the puck for the 3-0 lead. Just a minute after that, Rittenhouse forced a turnover high in the offensive zone and didn't hesitate to take a shot right away. Hailey Tullo '22 read the play and then beat her defender to the rebound extending the lead to 4-0. Then just two minutes later, Tullo caught a Taft player trying to break out and sent the puck to Rittenhouse who drove from the corner. Seeing an open lane, Margaret Sadak '22 beat her defender to the net. Rittenhouse put the puck right on Sadak's stick as she deflected it into the back of the net. Unfortunately, Westminster took a penalty on the very next play. The Martlets settled into the PK and Adams read the play at the top and stepped up on a pass across the zone. Instead of icing it, Adams picked her head up and beat the lone defender. A back-checker worked to catch up, but Adams spun away from the pressure and then went in alone to beat the goalie glove side for the short-handed goal. It was a flurry of offense for the Martlets, and would be enough to seal the win.
 
Feb. 22: Hockey - First Girls’ 1 vs. Berkshire School 0
Westminster faced a tough Berkshire team at Jackson rink. The game served as the senior night for the four graduating Sixth Formers: Taylor Adams, Jenny Guider, Abby Munger and Megan Rittenhouse. These four have been together since Third Form year and have been a big reason for the growth of this team this season. The first 10 minutes of the first period were even as Berkshire tried to get ahead early. Thankfully, Westminster goalie Mandy Busky ’21 didn't give them any second chances. Then at the five-minute mark, Emma Gurnell '21 stole the puck and then got tripped as she broke to the net. The Martlets took to the power play and after solid possession and crisp stick-to-stick passes, Sam DeLeo '21 moved the puck from the top over to Abby Munger '20 on the half-wall. Munger sent a low hard shot on net and Megan Rittenhouse '20 slid to the front for a tip that beat the Berkshire goalie. This was an important goal in a high pressure situation as it would maintain a thin lead for the remainder of the game. Westminster controlled the play for parts of the second period, but the Berkshire goalie was outstanding and shut down the Martlet forwards. Determined play by Adams and Casey Winslow ’21 on a penalty kill gave Westminster the momentum necessary to secure the lead and end with the win. It was a close game, but one that demonstrated the focus and commitment of the players.
 
Hockey - Second Boys'
Feb. 19: Hockey - Second Boys’ 1 vs. Loomis Chaffee 4
Despite dominating play for long stretches and generating over 40, the Martlets could only solve the riddle of the Loomis goaltender once and fell to the visitors 1-4 at Jackson rink. The Pelican keeper had 43 saves, many of them coming in flurries as the Seconds, particularly in a strong second period, controlled the play fired shot after shot on net. Rich Mugler '22, his counterpart in the Martlet net, also played well and had 24 saves of his own, including several highlight reel ones. Loomis jumped on the board first midway through the opening period when they won a face-off to the left of Mugler and quickly fired the puck on net; an untouched Loomis forward got behind the Martlet defenders and had an open net to tap the rebound in. Gathering themselves, the Black and Gold played better and better as the first period continued, and evened the score when scrappy David Harris '21 won a puck behind the net and took advantage of a rare Pelican goalie error to wrap the puck in around the near post. The second period was all Westminster, and it seemed only a matter of time before the Martlets would earn the go-ahead goal. But as sometimes happens in hockey, their efforts were for naught, and the second period ended with the score knotted at 1-1. The third began with more of the same until aggressive Westminster forechecking in the Loomis end led to a Martlet penalty. Taking full advantage, the Loomis power play unit controlled the puck in the Westminster zone and worked a chalkboard-perfect play out of the near corner, up to the near point and over to the far point where the Pelican on the receiving end fired a hard shot through traffic over Mugler's shoulder to gain the 1-2 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Martlets got back to work, but a long shift led to a slow backcheck and an odd-man Loomis rush that made the score 1-3. That goal hurt, coming with seven minutes remaining, all the more because it was avoidable and represented really the only serious mistake the home side had made all game. With two minutes to go, the Seconds pulled Mugler and generated some good pressure, but a loss of possession just inside the blue line led to an empty net goal to put the visitors up 1-4. Overall, it was a bit of a frustrating game given how well the team played for most of it. In particular, Oscar Ball '22 and Will Mazzaro '21 had good games and fired shot after shot at the Pelican net. Likewise the line of Will Rizzo '21, Newt Cutler '22 and Xander Cardia '21 had several impressive shifts. Harris' linemates Peter Diorio '23 and Jack Adams '23 played well, particularly late in the game. And, as always, the Martlet defensive corps – led by Nate Stevens '21 and including Rex Flinn '21, Sawyer von Jess '22, Jack Rockefeller '23, Ben Michaud '22 and Keegan Bankoff '22 – did a good job in front of Mugler and getting the puck up and out of the defensive zone. Several are playing banged up as this long season has taken its toll.
 
Feb. 22: Hockey - Second Boys’ 0 vs. Berkshire School 1
The Seconds made the long trip to Sheffield, Mass., to battle a Bears team boasting a strong record and some impressive wins against solid league opponents. The game proved to be a pitched battle between two hard-working teams, both led by very capable goaltenders. The Martlets had the slight edge in shots – 23 to 22 – but the Bears came away with the victory when they scored the only goal of the game midway through the second period on a delayed penalty call. The Martlets hesitated for just a half second when the ref's arm went up, and the Bears took full advantage firing a shot at the Westminster cage and banging in the rebound. Keeper Jack Schroeder '22 played an exceptionally strong game overall, but was particularly stellar in the first period when a slow Westminster start had the ice tilting against him. The Bears came out charging, and Schroeder had to make several spectacular saves to keep the game knotted at 0-0 after the opening period. A succession of Bear penalties toward the end of the first gave the Martlets some much-needed momentum, which carried over into the second period. For the remaining two periods, the Martlets did a better job of matching Berkshire's intensity and settled into a much more productive rhythm. This good play led to several great chances, but the Bears' keeper – who played an equally impressive game and fully earned his shutout – made save after save. It was much the same in the third, as the Martlets continued to press and Berkshire countering. Unfortunately, the Martlets took a series of penalties – most resulting from aggressive forechecking and neutral ice play – toward the end of the third and while the team was able to kill those off fairly efficiently (with Schroeder to clean up any miscues) they ate up valuable time on the clock. A final penalty with about a minute to play on the clock left Westminster playing 5-on-5 with Schroeder on the bench, and while the play was all in the Berkshire end their keeper kept the Black and Gold off the board. And so, again, the Martlets had a frustrating afternoon: some long periods of good play, a strong defensive effort against a good team, but struggled to find the back of the net. The coaches were pleased with the team's play, particularly in righting the ship after a shaky opening period. All of the guys contributed, so it'll go in the books as a good team effort.
 
Hockey - Second Girls'
Feb. 19: Hockey - Second Girls’ 4 vs. Taft School 0
In a matchup that pinned against each other two goaltenders shipped down from their respective first teams (many thanks for Mandy Busky '21 for doing so), the Martlets knew that their scoring opportunities may be scarce. The game plan would be to forecheck hard and pick up the pieces in front of the net; Susie Mahoney '20, however, must have missed that portion of the pregame speech, as she skated through the entire Taft squad on the way to a masterful backhand, top-shelf finish that found the net before most spectators even had a chance to find their seats. That would be it for the scoring until midway through the second when the Martlet forwards refused to yield an inch on the forecheck before a pass from Mahoney found the stick of Jenna Kosior '21, who put it home. After Busky turned away a volley of intermittent chances that spanned the second and third periods, Bennett Ghriskey '22 and Morgan Pineault '21 scored in similar ways to Kosior — off long possessions in the Taft zone that were extended due to a tireless Martlet forecheck. Shoutout to the defensive play of Mary Dutton '20, Caroline McDermott '20, Annie O'Shea '21, Abby Moss '20, Mckenzie Bloom '23 and Francesca Carnovale '22 for holding down the fort for the shutout.
 
Hockey - Third Boys'
Feb. 19: Hockey - Third Boys’ 0 vs. Avon Old Farms School 5
Feb. 22: Hockey - Third Boys’ 1 vs. Berkshire School 8
 
Squash - First Boys'
Feb. 19: Squash - First Boys’ 4 vs. Loomis Chaffee 3
For the second time in a week, Travis Paulsen '20 won the deciding match for his team. He seems to like the spotlight. He has added more and more weapons as the season has progressed. He can make things happen on court. Today his low hard cross-courts were withering. Three times at match ball in game four, Paulsen's opponent hit cross-court nicks that rolled out of the nick, eventually forcing a fifth game after being down 0-2. Paulsen was able to find more precision in game five without sacrificing too much power. He took a big lead and never looked back. Both he and his opponent hit serves out at 4-9 and 10-4 (match ball) respectively. Paulsen had to do 30 pushups for that one. Other winners were the top three, Jack Turvey '20, Alex Unruh '22 and Scott Lee '20. Turvey was back in action for the first time since his match against Hopkins back in early January. He dominated most of the points and looked sharp. Unruh played very well with improved touch and movement. Lee got off to a slow start against a shooter who was "on" in the first game. In subsequent games Lee pushed to the T and turned the game to his favor. Peter Miller '22 and captain Mac Dye '20 both lost 1-3 in tight battles. Miller was frustrated by his opponent's retrieving and occasional lucky shots mixed in among many good ones. Dye is playing better and better every day. His width and length are improving steadily. He is using the open corners well and avoiding the tin more than ever. He got a bit distracted when some calls went against him but battled every point and just couldn't quite get over the hump. Gus Hartmann '20 was the lone Hartmann in uniform, as brother George was nursing his sprained ankle. Hartmann played competitive squash but had to do a lot of retrieving against a boy who had mastery of the low hard drive.
 
High School Nationals
Feb. 21: Squash - First Boys’ 7 vs. Squash Smarts 0 
Feb. 22: Squash - First Boys’ 4 vs. Darien High School 3
Feb. 22: Squash - First Boys’ 3 vs. St. George’s School 4
Feb. 23: Squash - First Boys’ 2 vs. Suffield Academy 5
 
Squash - First Girls'
Feb. 19: Squash - First Girls’ 6 vs. Kent School 1
In a year when most of their matches have been at home, it felt a bit unfamiliar for the girls to climb onto a van for a contest. Despite the long ride to Kent (and the long layoff since their last match two weeks ago), the Martlets were ready to compete, and brought back a 6-1 win. The Lions' outstanding No.1 was untouchable, winning in three (1, 3, 1), but the favor was returned by Kaylee Hunt '20 (5, 5, 3) at No. 2, Clara Ekholm '20 at No. 5 (1, 4, 6) and Eve Cathcart '20 at No. 7 (1, 8, 4) – and by Gemma Green '21 in the exhibition match (2, 3, 5). At No. 6, Lauren Way '20 was slow out of the gate, but eventually found her stride ((9), 8, 9, 1). At No. 3, Rebecca Sargent '20 controlled her match with power and length, but her scrappy, counterpunching opponent still stretched her to four (4, (8), 7, 6). The tightest match of the day was a four game win for Nicole Smith '23 at No. 4, in which all of the games were decided by two points (10, (9), 12, 9).
 
High School Nationals
Feb. 21: Squash - First Girls’ 2 vs. Nichols School 5
In the first round of the High School Nationals Division 2 tournament, the 14th seeded Martlets fell to third-seeded Nichols 5-2. The girls did themselves proud, as in addition to the two match wins (by Kaylee Hunt '20 at No. 2 (9, 5, 6) and Lauren Way '20 at No. 6 (7, 7, (8), 8), three other Martlets took their opponents to four games – Eve Cathcart '20 at No. 7, Clara Ekholm '20 at No. 5 and Nicole Smith '23 at No. 4.
 
High School Nationals
Feb. 21: Squash - First Girls’ 3 vs. Germantown Friends School 4
In the second round of the High School Nationals, the girls came within a whisker of reaching the Consolation Semi-Finals. The girls dominated at the bottom of the ladder, winning 3-0 at Nos. 5-7 (Clara Ekholm '20, Lauren Way '20 and Eve Cathcart '20, respectively). GF had the upper hand at Nos. 1, 3 and 4, winning those matches in three. The outcome ultimately turned on the No. 2 match, in which Kaylee Hunt '20 stormed back from a 0-2 deficit to set up a seesaw fifth game, only to come up short when a boast went into the nick for an 11-9 final-game margin.
 
High School Nationals
Feb. 22: Squash - First Girls’ 5 vs. Horace Mann 2
With tournament play running long, the girls had to wait almost two hours past their allotted start time before taking the courts. Once they did, they played marvelously, earning a 5-2 win. Gemma Green '21 saw her first action of the weekend, and she made the most of it with a 3-0 win at No. 7. Eve Cathcart '20 dropped her first game, but thereafter was clinical in taking the next three at No. 6. Kaylee Hunt '20 was in command from the start of her 3-0 win at No. 2. Nicole Smith '23 also won in three, but she had to work hard for hers (9, 8, 10). The fifth point came from captain Rebecca Sargent '20, who played some of her best squash of the season, shrugging off a first game loss by applying relentless pressure and taking complete control of the remaining three. Noteworthy too was the play of Ellie Bailey '21, who pushed a very good opponent to four games at No. 1.
 
High School Nationals
Feb. 23: Squash - First Girls’ 5 vs. Greenwich High School 2
The girls finished their weekend at 2-2 by defeating Greenwich High 5-2. Kaylee Hunt '20 (No. 2), Clara Ekholm '20 (No. 5) and Lauren Way '20 (No. 6) all won in three, while Nicole Smith '23 (No. 4) and Eve Cathcart '20 (No. 7) added four-game wins. Ellie Bailey '21 had another good outing at No. 1, falling just short in five games ((7), 4, 10, (8), 5). The weekend saw the Martlets' earn their best-ever finish at Nationals, and their 15-13 overall record was a very nice showing after moving up a division since last year.
 
Squash - Second Boys'
Feb. 19: Squash - Second Boys’ 3 vs. Loomis Chaffee 6
Every year the Martlets and the Pelicans have entertaining matches, and usually the matches are very close. This one was no exception, but in the end the Black and Gold just couldn't win enough of the key points, losing to Loomis Chaffee 3-6. Zach Eckerson '21 had a very satisfying victory at No. 2, rebounding from a 6-11 loss in the first game to win the next three games 8, 8, 4. At No. 6, Ian Lee '21 controlled the T throughout the match, winning 6, 6, 6. And Quoc Anh Truong '20 won a very entertaining five-game match at No. 5. After going up 2-0 in the match, Truong lost the third and fourth games. Both players were exhausted going into the final game, and both played hard and well, but Truong prevailed 11-7.
  
Squash - Second Girls'
Feb. 19: Squash - Second Girls’ 6 vs. Kent School 1
Westminster played decent squash to spoil the home team's senior day with a 6-1 victory. Winners included: Georgia Nolan '20, Shelby Oken '22, Daniela Mays-Sanchez '20, Sasha van Vredenburch '21, Wheatley Sutro '22 and Diana Tsibikova '21. Loulou Rasmussen '21, Sofia Daniele '22, Elise Strawbridge ‘22 and Kristina Oganyan '22 won handily in exhibition play as well. Overall score for all matches played: Westminster 10 Kent 1.
 
Feb. 22: Squash - Second Girls’ 7 vs. Miss Porter's School 0
Westminster showed determination in outlasting an improved Miss Porter's team. Loulou Rasmussen '21 played her best squash of the season at No. 7 to lead the charge with a tidy 3-0 win. Daniela Mays-Sanchez '20 demonstrated extraordinary grit in her 3-0 win. She has juggled squash and a major role in the winter musical all season with aplomb. Other winners included: Sasha van Vredenburch '21, Anna Veber '21, Diana Tsibikova '21, Wheatley Sutro '22 and Sofia Daniele '22. Georgia Nolan '20 won her match when her opponent was forced to retire due to injury; however, she was locked in a tight battle and playing some great squash. Fortunately, the injury was not serious.
 
Squash - Third Boys'
Feb. 22: Squash - Third Boys’ 11 vs. Salisbury School 1
 
Squash - Third Girls'
Feb. 19: Squash - Third Girls’ 6 vs. Miss Porter's School 1
The Martlets kept up their winning streak by defeating Porters again with a 6-1 victory. Captain Jackie Autorino '20 managed to climb back from 0-2 to win her No. 1 seeded match in five games. Chandler Green '23, Michaela Crabtree-Crowley '22, Lindsey Valenti '22, Whitney Stroh '23 and Ceci Owen '22 all confidently won their matches 3-0.
 
Feb. 22: Squash - Third Girls’ 2 vs. Canterbury School 5
 
Swimming/Diving - First Boys'
Feb. 22: Swimming/Diving - First Boys’ 69 vs. Avon Old Farms School 31
Feb. 22: Swimming/Diving - First Boys’ 46 vs. Hopkins School 52
The Martlets swam fast and almost caught Hopkins by surprise, but still came away with a convincing win over Avon Old Farms and some promising races heading into the championship season. The 200 medley relay team of Max Larock '22, Eddie Shin '21, Jason Shi '21 and Layton Harmon '21 edged out the Hopkins team to win with a school record time of 1:42.02, lowering the mark they set last week against Kingswood. Kieran Haug '21 and Justin Shi '21 finished second and third in the 200 freestyle, both with season best times. Co-captain Hudson Stedman '21 took second in the 200 IM with his fastest time yet this year, and Jason Shi and Harmon placed second and third, respectively, in the 50 freestyle, both with season-best times. Jason Shi also took second in the 100 fly, and Larock won the 100 freestyle and the 100 back. Stedman took second in the 500 free, Shin took third in the 100 breaststroke with his fastest time this year, and the team of Owen Huang '23, Jason Shi, Harmon and Larock won the 400 freestyle relay. Other Martlets with notable swims included Huang (best time in the 200 free), Spence Kwan ’22 (best times in the 200 IM and the 100 breast), co-captain Daniel Pinckney '20 (best time in the 500 freestyle), Justin Shi (best time in the 100 fly), Harmon (best time in the 100 fly) and Jakub McKinney '23 (best times in the 50 free and 100 breast).
 
Swimming/Diving - First Girls'
Feb. 22: Swimming/Diving - First Girls’ 30 vs. Miss Porter's School 72
Feb. 22: Swimming/Diving - First Girls’ 48 vs. Hopkins School 54
Many girls swam their fastest times of the season and showed they are poised for strong showings in the upcoming championship meets. Unfortunately, they were out-swum by deeper teams from Porter's and Hopkins. The lone event winners were Lucy Benoit '23, who took the top spot in the 200 IM in a close race, pulling ahead of her opponent in the final lap, and co-captain Cecilia Raymond '20, who won the diving event. However, several Martlets performed at their season-best, including Elisabeth Knauf '20 (diving, lifetime best score), Margaret Breen '23 (200 free), Katherine Ashe '21 (200 free and 100 fly), Ellie Thorson '21 (50 free, 100 free), Sydney Schuster '21 (200 free, 500 free) and Janessa Yan '22 (50 free).
 
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