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Winter Sports Highlights 3.2.20

Basketball - First Boys'
Feb. 26: Basketball - First Boys’ 47 vs. Williston Northampton School 72
The Martlets started off a little slow but they weathered the storm against a hot-shooting Williston team. At the half, the Martlets only trailed by nine. Teddy Mangiarotti '21 hit a few shots early. The start of the second half is where Williston imposed its will. The Martlets battled but they couldn't overcome the steep deficit. Joe Walsh '20 had his best game of season for the Martlets, he scored 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals. Gabe Charleston '21 led the Martlets with 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Owen Larson '20 also had a solid game on both ends of the court.
 
Feb. 29: Basketball - First Boys’ 41 vs. Taft School 50
 
Basketball - First Girls'
Feb. 24: Basketball - First Girls' 56 vs. Canterbury School 18
Westminster honored its departing Sixth Formers Bethany Winters and Allison Kijanka, on "Senior Night" the best way possible: with a decisive, inclusive win at home! A depleted Canterbury squad, missing two starters and a key reserve, competed valiantly all game, but Westminster’s defensive pressure and fast-break offense were too much for the visitors. The Martlets took an early lead, which they extended in every quarter, and got their reserves ample playing time. Co-captain Bella Tawney ‘22, Margaret Kennedy ‘22 and Bianca D'Onofrio ’23 combined to lead the team in scoring, but the team also got significant contributions from co-captain Winters and Mari Camara ‘23. Kennedy and Sam de Kanter ’22 combined for 11 steals, Winters added three steals and three assists, Kijanka grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists, and Tawney filled the stat line with 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists. Every player made it into the scoring column, and it was gratifying to see the players so supportive of one another. 
 
Feb. 26: Basketball - First Girls’ 35 vs. Deerfield Academy 80
It was a tough day for the Martlet girls against a very talented Deerfield squad. Although the girls worked hard they were defeated by the score of 35-80. Bianca D'Onofrio '23 led the team in scoring with nine points, and Bella Tawney '22 led the way in rebounding. All of the girls played significant minutes and gave it their best.
 
Feb. 29: Basketball - First Girls' 31 vs. Pomfret School 58
Westminster got off to a decent start, but quickly began to struggle with a combination of terrible shooting, lack of energy/enthusiasm and early foul trouble for both Margaret Kennedy ’22 and Bella Tawney ‘22. Overall, it was not a great effort, especially given that Pomfret was missing their PG player. Bethany Winters ‘20, Bianca D’Onforio ‘23, Mari Camara ’23 and Tawney combined to lead the team in scoring.
 
Basketball - Second Boys'
Feb. 26: Basketball - Second Boys’ 24 vs. Williston Northampton School 61
Feb. 29: Basketball - Second Boys’ 23 vs. Taft School 70
 
Basketball - Third Boys'
Feb. 26: Basketball - Third Boys’ 34 vs. Salisbury School 43
Third Boys’ Basketball hosted Salisbury’s Thirds team at home. In the last game of the season, the Martlets were hard pressed against the Knights, who had a serious height advantage over the team. Defensively, Lawrence Taylor ’23 showed his agility and persistence, forcing Salisbury to take riskier shots and passes to get around him, helping to force 3-pointers with the team’s strong zone defense. Offensively, Zach Blest ’21 was the top point scorer, making nearly a third of Westminster’s total points scored. Sadly, the Knight’s height advantage and play during transition was fruitful both for making plays and getting rebounds, and the Martlets ended the season with a 34-43 loss.
 
Hockey - First Boys'
Feb. 26: Hockey - First Boys’ 6 vs. Gunnery School 1
After some low scoring games this year the Martlets showed up to play versus Gunnery. In what is a traditionally physical contest, both teams played fast up and down the sheet, and kept the game interesting. The Martlets got the best of Gunnery’s goaltender, and the offense took flight in this one.
 
Feb. 28: Hockey - First Boys' 0 vs. Deerfield Academy 1
It has been a season of one-goal games, and this was no exception. Deerfield scored early in this contest to take the lead, and it found some puck luck to help keep that lead. The Martlets owned the pace and much of the momentum in this game, but it was Deerfield with one on the board after the final buzzer.
 
Feb. 29: Hockey - First Boys’ 3 vs. Belmont Hill School 6
Matthews Arena at Northeastern University was the site of the final game for the 2019-2020 hockey season. Westminster scored first, but Belmont Hill was able to keep pace with the Martlets every step of the way. Westminster was able to battle through many penalties and played hard around Belmont’s net. A few offensive zone bobbles and odd-man rushes would seal the day. Despite the record this year, this group has continued to work hard on the ice and stick together off.
 
Hockey - First Girls'
Feb. 26: Hockey - First Girls’ 2 vs. Lawrenceville School 0
The Martlets hosted their final home game of the regular season against Lawrenceville School. It was a close one from the beginning with Lawrenceville showing no signs of fatigue from the long drive. Westminster goalie Kayla Ireland '22 played the puck well as her teammates found their momentum. In the second period, the Martlets moved the puck much more effectively and were able to pin their opponents in the offensive zone for a good amount of time. Then about halfway through the period, Megan Rittenhouse '20 broke up a play at center ice and quickly moved the puck to a breaking Taylor Adams '20. Adams deceived her defender and let a shot go quickly that beat the Lawrenceville goalie top corner. The game remained close for the rest of the period and through the start of the third. Just five minutes in, Rittenhouse supported her winger Casey Winslow '21 as she worked to break the puck out. By sending the puck off the boards, Rittenhouse then created a 3-on-2. She took the puck wide and then took an incredible shot that beat the goalie top corner giving the Martlets the 2-0 lead. The team protected the lead and skated away with another win.
 
Feb. 29: Hockey - First Girls’ 3 vs. Kent School 2
Westminster got on the road to face a talented Kent team in the last regular season game. Everyone knew it would be a tight one as Westminster pulled off a 2-0 win against Kent back in December. Westminster was determined from the start as forwards Hailey Tullo '22 and Margaret Sadak '22 set the tone from the first shift, earning two good scoring chances. Kent tried to steal the momentum, but Westminster was focused and ready for their best play of the season. Then at the 3 minute mark, Megan Rittenhouse '20 stole the puck in the neutral zone and tried to beat her defenseman wide for a shot. She was pushed to the outside and as the puck bounced behind the net, Olivia Fernandez '23 collected it and gave it back to Rittenhouse as she swung around the net. Rittenhouse fired it and beat the Kent goalie glove side for the 1-0 win. Kent started to put the pressure on and got a lucky play following a penalty kill that sent a player in one-on-one. Kent finished the play and evened the score at 1-1. The second period was a battle as Westminster demonstrated tremendous grit and discipline in the face of a physical opponent. Their focus paid off as they earned a power play at the 7 minute mark. Westminster won the puck right off the face off and defenseman Sam DeLeo '21 controlled the play from the top. Then Rittenhouse walked from the corner for a shot, in the scramble for the rebound, Taylor Adams '20 crashed the net and lifted it over the goalie for the 2-1 lead. Five minutes later, Westminster earned another power play and right off the face off Jenny Guider '20 and Adams battled to clear the puck to Rittenhouse in front who buried it for the 3-1 lead. Kent pushed back within the next minute and brought the score within 1. The third period was intense as both teams tried to control the play. Westminster played smart and committed to good defense all over the ice. Goalie Mandy Busky '21 was outstanding as she had to make incredible saves to keep the lead as Westminster faced a 4-on-6 in the final minute. The win was a testament to the hard work this team has put in every day since November.
 
Hockey - Second Boys'
Feb. 26: Hockey - Second Boys’ 1 vs. Avon Old Farms School 2 (OT)
When it comes to a Westminster-Avon hockey game, it never seems to matter what kind of season or what record either team brings into the contest: it's always a pitched battle and a tight game. This was no exception as the Seconds traveled to nearby Avon for another edition of this rivalry classic. The Winged Beavers boasted an impressive 18-3 record and had won the first game between the two teams 1-3 a month ago on Jackson rink. For their part, the Martlets had played several strong, tight-checking, defensive games but had too often come up on the short end of the score. Unfortunately that pattern held. The star of the game for the Black and Gold was Rich Mugler '22 between the pipes, who had 41 saves and kept his team in the game – particularly during a long stretch in the second period when Avon dominated play and pummeled the Westminster end. But that's not to say the Seconds didn't have a legitimate chance to win the game: they certainly did. The Martlets got on the board first when Will Mazzaro '21 caught a quick pass from linemate Oscar Ball '22 and fired a wrister over the Avon keeper's left shoulder midway through the first period. Centerman Ryan Huntley '21 started the play when he intercepted an Avon pass in neutral ice and chipped it off the boards to Ball. That line had a fine game, generating several scoring chances. Fellow forwards Will Rizzo '21, Newt Cutler '22 and Xander Cardia '21 also had a strong game, matching Avon's top line defensively and forcing the Avon keeper to make a few tough saves of his own. The line of Peter Diorio '23, Jack Adams '23 and David Harris '21 turned in several excellent shifts, trapping the talented Avon defensemen in their zone and forcing turnover after turnover. The same can be said of the line of the recently-returned-from-injury Jack DeGulis '23, Willie Noble '20 and Beck Winsor '21. In sum, the Martlet forwards did everything they could to both contain Avon and get pucks and bodies to the net. It was, however, the Martlet defensive corps – again shorthanded owing to injury – of Nate Stevens '21, Sawyer von Jess '22, Ben Michaud '22, Jack Rockefeller '23 and Keegan Bankoff '22 who deserve the credit for the team's solid performance. The defensemen collectively won battle after battle in the Westminster end, cleared the front of the net for Mugler, and head-manned the puck effectively to start the Martlet attack. Avon finally broke through the Martlet defense late in the second period to make it 1-1, and the third period was back-and-forth, although in fairness Avon had the better of the chances. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, the Martlets called a timeout to catch their breath and set up for a face-off in their own end. That accomplished, the game headed to overtime. The Martlets have suffered from some bad "puck luck" this year, but the play that started the overtime might be the worst of it (of course, you make your own luck in hockey, and Avon's high-pressured forecheck and talented forwards deserve some credit here as well – but this is our writeup). Off the opening OT face-off, the puck was thrown into the Martlet end where a Westminster defensemen easily won the race and collected the puck and prepared to turn in to the corner and head up ice – but the puck stuck in some snow just to the left of Mugler, and the defensemen lost control of it. The trailing Avon forward pounced, and quickly stepped back in front of Mugler and tried to stuff the shot in. Mugler made the initial save, but in the absence of defenders Avon had several tries at the puck and managed to force it in underneath Mugler's pads only 25 seconds into the overtime frame. A heartbreaking defeat for the Martlets, who played hard all game and executed the coach's game plan effectively against arguably the best team in the league. But credit to Avon: they played equally hard and never quit despite the Martlets' frustrating defense. Though the result is certainly disappointing, the team could walk out of Avon's rink with their heads high having taken a team like Avon to OT. It's certainly not the first game the team has come up on the losing side of a hard-fought, low-scoring affair, but this one stings a bit more. The coaches very much appreciate how hard the boys work day-in and day-out, and share their frustration at not having greater success on the scoreboard. But the coaches take the long view: the team has improved, come together, and overall has enjoyed a productive season.
 
Feb. 29: Hockey - Second Boys’ 3 vs. Deerfield Academy 3 (OT)
The Martlets hosted Deerfield at Jackson rink in the 2019-2020 season finale. The game was tight right down to the final horn in OT as the Martlets managed to kill off a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty to preserve the 3-3 tie. The game was a pitched battle in which both teams produced periods of sustained pressure, but overall the Martlets controlled play for longer stretches and ultimately outshot the visitors 32-29. Playing with good energy and focus, the Seconds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Ryan Huntley '21 opened the scoring five minutes in when he collected a puck on the far boards – the puck had been played down the boards from the point by Nate Stevens '21 off a feed from Oscar Ball '22 – and fired a wrist shot over the near-post shoulder of the Deerfield keeper. Huntley's and Ball's linemate Will Mazzaro '21 had a strong game, and his forechecking and physical presence were evident on that play as well. A few minutes later Ball doubled the Martlet lead when he picked up a nifty drop pass from Xander Cardia '21 at the top of the left face-off circle and ripped his own wrist shot just off the inside of the right post. The Seconds kept the pressure up, but unfortunately a pair of penalties gave Deerfield the chance they needed. Late in the period the Deerfield power-play cut the Martlet lead in half when the worked the puck down low and were able to force it by keeper Rich Mugler '22. Nevertheless, the Seconds felt pretty good about the first period as they headed into the locker room for the break, and looked to regain the momentum in the second period. Playing again with purpose, the team was able to generate several good scoring chances and had possession of the puck in the Deerfield end for long stretches. Deerfield mounted their own attack, but Mugler, who had 26 saves on the day, turned aside several great chances and maintained the lead. Late in the second, however, Deerfield won the puck below the goal line in the Martlet end, and an opportunistic forward managed to bank the puck in off Mugler's back to knot the game at 2-2. This energized the visitors, and the Seconds' defensive corps of Stevens, Sawyer von Jess '22, Jack Rockefeller '23, Keegan Bankoff '22, and Beck Winsor '21 had their hands full keeping the puck out of the defensive zone and Deerfield players from in front of Mugler. Their good play, though the blueliners were shorthanded again because of injury and illness, enabled the home side to get to the break tied at 2 apiece. The Martlets gathered themselves for the decisive third period, and game out flying: on the very first shift of the period Newt Cutler '22 banged in rebound of a Will Rizzo '21 shot – Stevens had fed the puck to Rizzo for his second assist of the game – to put the Black and Gold in front 3-2. The Martlets kept the pressure up, firing shot after shot at the Deerfield net. The line of Peter Diorio '23, Jack Adams '23, and David Harris '21 turned in impressive shift after shift, playing good zone defense and getting the puck up the ice and into the Deerfield end. Jack DeGulis '23 and Willie Noble '20 did yeoman work as well, enabling the Seconds to keep fresh legs on the ice and keep the line moving. Their keeper made some solid saves, but several shots were near misses, including two blistering shots that rang loud and true off the goalposts but stayed out of the net. With the pressure building, the Martlets won yet another face-off in the Deerfield end with five minutes remaining. Though Westminster won the face-off, the puck was mishandled and led to a turnover on the offensive blue line and Deerfield came out of the zone on a 2-on-1 odd-man break. Making a nifty inside-out move that tangled up the remaining Martlet defenseman, Deerfield fired the puck on net. Mugler made the initial save but Deerfield was right there to hammer home the rebound and tie the game. The final minutes and the OT stanza were exciting, as both teams scrapped hard for the win. The Martlets dominated the first minutes of the overtime, peppering the Deerfield keeper, but unfortunately could not find the game-winner. The above-mentioned Martlet penalty with a minute remaining in OT put the home side on the defensive, but the Black and Gold weathered the storm to preserve the tie. An additional penalty put the home side down 3-on-5, so the final 40 seconds of the game turned what was left of this coach's hair fully gray – but Mugler, Rizzo, Stevens, and Rockefeller kept Deerfield of the board for the final tie.
 
Hockey - Second Girls'
Feb. 26: Hockey - Second Girls’ 6 vs. Deerfield Academy 3
The Martlets set out on Jackson rink with a full roster to face a depleted Deerfield squad that would go on to fight until the final whistle. Dylan Bloom '23 began the scoring early in the first only to be followed by her sister, Mckenzie Bloom '23, moments later to put the Martlets up 2-0. The Martlets exhaled a bit, and Deerfield pounced, getting an odd man opportunity that showed the team would not go down easily, before Mary Dutton '20 steadied the ship with her first goal of the year to put the team up 3-1 at the break. Despite additional goals by Lily Marvin '22 and Dylan Bloom, as well as some strong defensive play from Francesca Carnovale '23 and Lucy Jones '21, Deerfield would hang around through the second period and into the third.
 
Feb. 29: Hockey - Second Girls’ 6 vs. Kent School 3
Closing out a remarkable season with a strong team effort, Westminster defeated Kent. The goals came fast and furious early on with Susie Mahoney '20, Bennett Ghriskey '22, Abigail Moss '20 and Claire Taylor '21 all scoring within the first three minutes of the game. Kent, however, regained composure, scoring late in the first and keeping the Martlets from adding to their tally through the second. Mckenzie Bloom '23 and Morgan Pineault '21 each added a goal for the Martlets in the third. With an undefeated season all but assured, in the final minute of the game, Kent picked up a power play goal, for a final score of 6-3.
 
Hockey - Third Boys'
Feb. 24: Hockey - Third Boys' 1 vs. Rumsey Hall School 2
 
Feb. 29: Hockey - Third Boys’ 7 vs. Taft School 6 (OT)
Westminster jumped out to an early 4-1 lead over Taft. Juan Jo Garibay '20, Jack Kelly '22, Ryan Flam '23 and Niclas Swahn '22 each scored first period goals to lead the way. However, the Rhinos roared back in the second period, scoring the next four goals to take a 5-4 lead. Swahn finally broke the Martlet drought, scoring his second of the game to make it 5-5 after two periods. Taft and Westminster traded goals once more in the third period, with Flam tying the game with just over two minutes remaining. The game-winner came off the stick of Finn Gerry '20 on the first shift of OT. Gerry's goal also meant that both of the team's Sixth Formers scored in their final appearance at Jackson rink.
 
Squash - First Boys'
Feb. 26: Squash - First Boys’ 0 vs. Taft School 7
In the final regular season match, the Martlets showed they had absorbed a recent practice by lifting the ball from behind and understanding when to apply pressure, when to stay neutral and when to play defensive shots. Unfortunately, the Taft players were quite skilled and also patient. Scott Lee '20 had a close game in game three but lost out to a smooth, relaxed player who went short whenever a ball popped out to the T. Jack Turvey '20 had two game points in game one against a very talented player. Turvey lost that game 10-12 and lost the thread and his confidence in game two. After coach Peter Doucette reminded him to just compete he came back out with renewed vigor for game three. At 9-10 he smashed a ball into the nick but unfortunately the ball popped up and a stroke was awarded. It was an entertaining match.
 
New England Tournament
Feb. 29: Squash - First Boys’ 4 vs. Loomis Chaffee 3
Feb. 29: Squash - First Boys’ 2 vs. Choate Rosemary Hall 5
March 1: Squash - First Boys' 1 vs. Brooks School 6
   
Squash - First Girls'
Feb. 26: Squash - First Girls’ 3 vs. Taft School 4
 
Feb. 29: New England Class B Tournament
First Girls’ Squash finished the season 14th in New England by virtue of their sixth place showing – just four points from third place – in the newly configured B division of the New England tournament. (This year, teams were organized into groups of eight, rather than 16.) The top of the ladder faced very stiff draws, but the team found success in its depth at the bottom. No. 1 Ellie Bailey '21 was forced from her draw by an ill-timed stomach bug, but she was able to play an exhibition match anyway Sunday, which she won stylishly in three. Captain Rebecca Sargent '20 faced a wicked draw at No. 3, losing to the eventual runner-up as well as the consolation champion before playing a stellar final career match to take seventh. At No. 2, Kaylee Hunt '20 went to the consolations after a tight four-game loss in the opening round ((10), 6, 9, 8), earning a place in the consolation finals after another four-gamer (5, 4, (9), 10). There, she came out roaring, but couldn't close out against a capable counter-puncher ((5), (7), 8, 9, 8), taking sixth. Nos. 4-6 all made it to the semis of their draws, eventually ending up in fourth. Nicole Smith '23 took the eventual champion to four games in her semi at No. 4. Clara Ekholm '20 likewise fell to the eventual champion in a four-game semi at No. 5. She followed that effort with a thrilling, but incomplete, comeback in her tight 3/4 match (8, 9, (8), (8), 9), which featured a through-the-legs winner on game point in the fourth. Lauren Way '20 just missed the finals after a comeback of her own also fell just short (7, 6, (4), (9), 7), despite playing her best squash of the season. The highlight of the weekend was the championship won by Eve Cathcart '20 at No. 7. After winning her first two rounds in three, she dropped a seesaw first game in the final, before taking over with timely volleys and drops, as well as relentlessly tight rails, to earn the title in four ((10), 7, 3, 8). The weekend provided a fitting close to a strong season.
 
Squash - Second Boys'
Feb. 26: Squash - Second Boys’ 4 vs. Taft School 3
The Martlets have waited all season to find themselves in a tightly contested match, which is exactly what the match against Taft turned out to be. Most of the matches and all of the games were close. Charlie von Stade '21 played his best squash of the season, a very good omen for next year, winning 9, 3, 3 at No. 1. Gabriel Lugo '23 continued to show his improvement, also winning in three games at No. 4, by scores of 11-6, 11-9 and 12-10. At No. 6 Ian Lee '21 won in four games, 6, 6, (11), 11. And in the match of the day, Zach Eckerson '21 at No. 2 came back from a 0-2 deficit to win the final three games of his match, 9, 9, 7. William Mell '21 lost a hard-fought match at No. 3 in four games, (7), 10, (6), (8); Charlie Pappas '22 also lost at No. 7 in four games, (5), 3, (6), (9); and Quoc Anh Truong '20 finished his Westminster squash career losing in five games, 3, (11), (9), 9, (10). This was coach Michael Cervas' final match as a Westminster squash coach, the past 11 years as Peter Doucette's assistant for the First Team and as head coach of the Second Team.
 
Squash - Second Girls'
Feb. 26: Squash - Second Girls’ 6 vs. Taft School 1
A few short weeks ago, a shorthanded Westminster squad trudged up to Lakeville and were humbled by Hotchkiss on its senior day. On Westminster's senior day however, the tables were turned. The Taft Rhinos rolled into Simsbury and were soundly beaten 6-1. Before play began, the team honored Sixth Formers Daniela Mays-Sánchez, Olivia Zhang and Georgia Nolan for their contributions to the squash program. Mays-Sanchez and Zhang won convincingly in 3-0 victories. Nolan won a rematch against a player who had defeated her earlier in the season 3-1. Also of note was Wheatley Sutro '22, who completed an undefeated season with her 3-0 win. Other winners included: Gemma Green '21 and Anna Veber '21. With the victory, the Martlets improved to 13-2, their best finish in recent years.
 
Squash - Third Boys'
Feb. 26: Squash - Third Boys’ 7 vs. Taft School 1
The Westminster squad ended their season with a solid victory over Taft. Jerry Wang '22, Grand Tantichot '22, Max Hong '22 and Connor Eddy '21 swept their opponents in three games, with Wang yielding a mere 11 points total. Meanwhile, Oliver Olson '23, Jonah Prentiss '22 and Cooper Organ '21 needed an extra game to secure their respective victories. Both Prentiss and Olson lost the first game and then rallied back to reel off three consecutive games for the win. Westminster finished the season by winning its last two games in dominating fashion, a testament to the team's steady improvement this winter.

Squash - Third Girls’
Feb. 26: Squash - Third Girls’ 5 vs Taft School 2
 
Swimming/Diving - First Boys'
Feb. 29: Founders' League Championship
The Martlets traveled back to Miss Porter's in Farmington and brought their A-game as Max Larock '22, Eddie Shin '21, Jason Shi '21 and Layton Harmon '21 broke their own school record for the third time in as many weeks in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.14 in the opening event of the meet. Larock was up in the very next event and became the Founders League Champion in the 200 freestyle (1:47.37) with his best time this season. It was his second career title after winning the 100 backstroke in 2019. Kieran Haug '21 and Owen Huang '23 also put up lifetime best times in that event to finish 12th and 16th, respectively. Co-captain Hudson Stedman '21 swam a season best in the 200 IM to finish fifth, with Spence Kwan '22 dropping three seconds off his lifetime best to take 15th. Jason Shi and Harmon took sixth and seventh in the 50 Freestyle with their fastest times of the season, with Shin in ninth with his best time ever. In the 100 Fly, Jason Shi finished ninth, Justin Shi was 13th, co-captain Daniel Pinckney '20 was 15th and Huang was 16th. Harmon took eighth in the 100 freestyle, with Alvin Zhang '23 in 15th, both with best times, and Stedman and Haug finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 500 freestyle. Both of those swims were lifetime bests. Huang, Zhang, Justin Shi and Shin took fifth in the 200 free relay with their best time of the season, and Larock finished second in the 100 back with his season-best time. Mason Zottola '23, Kwan and J-C Lane '21 also came up big in the 100 back with 13th, 15th and 16th place finishes, respectively. Shin was back with a huge best time in the 100 breaststroke to take fifth, while Zhang finished 11th. Jakub McKinney '23 and Jamai Miller '22 also swam best times in that event. Finally, the 400 free relay team of Huang, Jason Shi, Harmon and Larock held off a late charge from Kingswood to keep third place in an exciting finish to a great day of fast swimming.
 
Founders League Championships
1. Loomis 503
2. Choate 437
3. Hotchkiss 327.5
4. Westminster 267
5. K-O 244
6. Avon Old Farms 131
7. Kent 106.5
 
Swimming/Diving - First Girls'
Feb. 29: Founders' League Championship
Lucy Benoit '23 made her championship debut for the Martlets and won the 200 IM with a new Westminster school record, new Miss Porter's pool record, and new Founders League record time of 2:05.90. Hours later, Benoit's 100 backstroke time of 57.17 also set new school, pool and Founders League records as Westminster wrapped up a fine day of fast swimming with a fifth place finish in the team standings. In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay team of Benoit, co-captain Angelesia Ma '20, Katherine Ashe '21 and Ellie Thorson '21 finished fourth and broke the Westminster school record with a time of 1:55.32, beating the previous mark of 1:56.92 set by Elizabeth Brewer, Charlotte Lennox, Nornia Xu and Leta Giordano in 2016. In the diving event, held Feb. 26 at Choate, co-captain Cece Raymond '20 placed second, setting a new 11-dive school record of 411.95, eclipsing the total of 369.10 set by Jane Ogden in 2017. Raymond's score also meets the standard for All-America Consideration, so she will submit a video of her performance to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for further review. From start to finish, the girls performed incredibly well, with dozens of personal best times and impressive swims. Thorson swam great races in the 50 freestyle (fifth) and the 100 freestyle (sixth), both lifetime bests. Other swimmers who swam season or lifetime bests were Simonne Ponce '21 (200 free, 100 free), Ashe (200 free), Sydney Schuster '21 (200 free, 500 free), Annie Brewer ’21 (200 IM, 500 free), Margaret Breen '23 (200 free, 100 free), Ma (100 breast), Janessa Yan '22 (100 free, 100 breast), Isabel O'Connell '20 (50 free, 100 free), Catie McGuigan '23 (50 free, 100 free), Charlotte Trafelet '23 (50 free), Qifei Min '22 (50 free, 100 breast), Jillian Gregorski '23 (50 free, 100 free), Campbell Swift '21 (100 free), India Lalor '21 (100 fly, 100 back) and Rachel Ha ’21 (100 breaststroke).
 
Founders League Championships
1. Miss Porter's 462
2. Choate 426
3. Loomis 370
4. Hotchkiss 332
5. Westminster 202
6. Ethel Walker 114
7. Kent 103
8. K-O 94
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