The Agnes Irwin Squash Team once again clinched second place at the HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships on Sunday, February 23.
More than 1,600 athletes across 195 teams, including six divisions on the girls’ side, gathered in the Hartford, Connecticut area for this national competition.
The Owls, seeded into the top flight, earned their championship spot through three consecutive wins over Westover School, Deerfield Academy, and the Baldwin School. AIS beat local rival Baldwin in a highly competitive semifinal match, winning 4-3. In a rematch of last year's National Championship Final, Greenwich Academy took home the top spot in the tournament with a 5-2 victory over AIS, making this the academy’s 13th title since the competition’s inception in 2005. AIS retained the #2 ranking in the country with their stellar performance at Nationals. During the tournament, senior Olivia Walsh went undefeated in her individual matches.
"Our team proved once again that we belong at the top of the national rankings, and the girls and coaches have established our program as a perennial contender for the National Championship,” said AIS Athletic Director Courtney Lubbe. “Even more important than the results, though, is the way that the girls represented Agnes Irwin. They were composed, confident, prepared and supported each other through every match. This was a great finale for our senior class and for Coach Alex Stait in his final season as Irwin's Director of Squash.”
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