The Agnes Irwin Squash program had a record-breaking weekend, with the Varsity and JV squads placing higher than ever before at the US Squash High School National Championship, Feb. 2-4. Both teams advanced to the finals of their respective divisions, with the Inter-Ac championship Varsity squad only falling to No. 1-ranked Greenwich Academy.
The Varsity team, seeded 2nd in the first division, defeated Hotchkiss, Deerfield Academy, and Baldwin en route to the first division finals. After a hard fought match, AIS dropped the final to 10-time champions Greenwich Academy, 6-1, with a phenomenal individual win by sophomore Olivia Walsh over Greenwich's Emma MacTaggart (11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11).
In the second division, the AIS JV squad defeated Poly Prep, Milton Academy, and St. Paul's (all varsity squads) before dropping a close match to St. George's in the final, 4-3. The JV squad saw strong performances in the finals by Rose Lawrence (def. Darcy Weber, 11-8,11-6,11-4), Annie Hepburn (def. Amelia Schofield, 11-9,13-11,15-13), and Julianne Carey (def. Georgina Green, 11-6,11-0,11-3). Led by veteran Coach Maurice Heckscher, who will retire at the end of the season after 15 years with the team, the JV squad placed 18th overall in the tournament.
AIS Director of Squash Alex Stait said the teams exceeded all expectations. "I could not be more proud of our team's sportsmanship and togetherness under huge amounts of pressure," Stait said. "Our captains, seniors Lily Zelov and Rose Lawrence, played fantastic squash in critical matches. This is a special group and could not have represented AIS with any more pride or passion."
Agnes Irwin's Varsity Squad at US Squash High School Championships
Pictured (left to right): Lily Zelov, Margaux Comai, Caroline Glaser, Isabella Schneider, Katherine Glaser, Grace Flaherty, Rachel Mashek, Olivia Walsh, Coach Alex Stait, Lydia Somani (Not pictured: Cheyney Williams)
Agnes Irwin's JV Squad at US Squash High School Championships
Pictured (left to right): Emily Coyne, Annie Hepburn, Julianne Carey, Coach Maurice Heckscher, Cate Costin, Natalie Corkran, Natalie Pansini, Sophie Yass, Rose Lawrence