Athletics recap for the week of 2/5 - 2/12
Wrestling and Swimming competed in their respective DICS Championships, while the basketball teams played multiple games in a busy week for all Winter Sports.
Wrestling | The wrestling team had back-to-back meets to end the week. The second one being the most important as it was the DISC Championship. The Saints were hopeful to have a few wrestlers finish on the medal stand. Miguel Borja ’23 and Dylan Dodds ’23 both had great matches, overall a great meet, and represented the Saints well but just missed the podium finishing 4th overall in their weight classes. Ibrahim Kazi ’23 came focused and impressed his coaches and teammates and was an individual DISC Champion. Next up was Nick Osbourne ’23. Nick was not only looking to take 1st place but continue to remain undefeated on the season. He executed his technique perfectly and walked out with 1st place.
Swimming | The swimming teams hosted the DISC Championships at St. Andrew’s and looked to have their best performances of the season. The following swimmers scored points during the meet: Keizen Amerkis ’24, Andrew Chen ’25, Elizabeth Rainey ’22, Kieran Bansal ’24, Javier Iniguez ’22, Caroline Forde ’22, Michael Novacescu ’23, Danny Huang ’22, Emma Hopkins ’23, Austin Chen ’23, Madson Macalintal ’22, Madeleine Lasell ’25, Austin Chuang ’23, Zachary Macalintal ’24, and Sunny Trivits ’22. Over 80% of the individual swims were season bests with significant drops. Buckle up!
1. Keizen Ameriks dropped 5.30 seconds in the 200 free.
2. Cooper Drazek ’24 dropped 9.93 second in the 200 free.
3. Zachary Macalintal dropped 6.16 seconds in the 200 free.
4. Rainey dropped 5.90 seconds in the 200 free.
5. Madeleine dropped 17.70 seconds in the 200 free.
6. Kieran dropped 6 seconds in the 200 IM and Javi dropped a WHOPPING 9 seconds in the 200 IM.
7. Michael dropped 3.26 seconds in his 100 butterfly, missing the school record by less than a second!
8. Austin Chen dropped almost 5 seconds in the 100 butterfly.
9. Christina Ding ’25 dropped 4.45 seconds in the 100 butterfly.
10. Gavin Frazer ’22 dropped 2.61 seconds in his 100 freestyle.
11. Sophie Xu ’23 and Daisy Wang ’25 both dropped about 6 seconds in the 100 freestyle.
12. Keiran dropped 15 seconds in the 500 free; Lucas dropped 12 seconds in the 500 freestyle.
13. Caroline dropped 15 seconds in the 500 freestyle.
14. Zachary Macalintal dropped almost 4 seconds in the 100 backstroke.
15. Hannah Gilheany ’24 dropped 3 seconds in the 100 backstroke.
16. Javier Iniguez dropped 6 seconds in the 100 breaststroke; Austin Chen nearly dropped 4 seconds in the 100 breaststroke
17. Sunny Trivits dropped 4.25 seconds in the 100 breaststroke; Leah Horgan ’25 dropped over 10 seconds in the 100 breaststroke; Avery Vaughan ’24 dropped over 7 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.
The following swimmers scored first place in the conference:
Elizabeth Rainey | 100 Freestyle
Michael Novacescu | 100 Butterfly
The following swimmers scored second place in the conference:
Emma Hopkinks | 100 Backstroke
Caroline Forde | 200 IM
Elizabeth Rainey | 200 Freestyle
The following swimmers scored third place in the conference::
Madison Macalintal | 100 Butterfly & 100 Backstroke
Austin Chuang | 100 Backstroke
Caroline Forde | 500 Freestyle
Emma Hopkins | 50 Freestyle
Michael Novacescu | 50 Freestyle
Overall, the girls placed 2nd in the conference and the boys placed 3rd in the conference.
Both teams wrapped up the week against strong teams from Ursuline Academy and Salesianum School, as they began to prepare to compete in their final meet of the season.
Girls Basketball | After a competitive game against Wilmington Chrisian on February 5, that had the team executing the game plan to almost pull off a big win, the team had a tough start to the week. They lost to Tatnall on Monday and lost one of their starters for the season. The team bounced back and found themselves back in the win column with a win over John Dickinson 43-14. Their final game of the week had them taking on a Red Lion team that had only lost 2 games all season. The Saints battled through the entire game. Down early, they fought back to tie it 20-20 before halftime. Red Lion was able to walk away with the win but the Saints did not make it easy. Yiru Wang ’25 and Cora Birknes ’23 both had season highs in points scored during the week.
Boys Basketball | The boys basketball team found their rhythm this past week. They opened on the road against Tatnall School and won 59-46. They then made quick work of Wilmington Christian and John Dickson, winning both games 64-45 and 67-35. The Saints put together their first multiple game winning streak of the season, as they look ahead to the state tournament. Brandon Graves ’22 continues to be a force on the boards, close to averaging 10 rebounds a game. Frank Koblish ’22 has found his shot behind the arc and hit 6 3-point shots in the game against Wilmington Christian. Rhaki Lum ’25 has become a complement to Koblish and scored 23 against John Dickinson.
Squash | The Saints squash team had a light week of competition and traveled to the Wilmington Country Club on Friday to take on Tower Hill for the second time this season. The Saints had strong performances from Will Atkinson ’22, El Richards ’22, Jack Cross ’23, and Gray Dugdale ’25 but the Tower Hill group as a whole was very strong. The Hillers used their home court advantage knowing the courts were warm. The Saints struggled to slow the ball down to control rallies, rather than using a power game that left them struggling to keep up with the pace of the game and allowed many of the Tower Hill players to feed off of their pace.
#1 William Atkinson ’22 | 3-0
#2 Bridgett Schutt | 0-3
#3 Isaac Cheung ’25 | 0-3
#4 Tony Jiang ’23 | 0-3
#5 Allaire Berl ’22 | 0-3
#6 Archie Baldocchi ’22 | 0-3
#7 Grey Dugdale ’25 | 2-3
#8 El Richards ’22 | 4-0
#9 Jack Cross ’23 | 3-0
Indoor Track | The indoor track team had an early meet at Tower Hill School on Saturday, February 12. As Coach Tower put it “there was great running, throwing, and jumping at Tower Hill today.” Lily Murphy ’23 broke her own school record in the 800m. A lot of athletes set personal bests in the meet. Crawford Seeley ’22, Jared Horgan ’22, Harry Murphy ’23, Will Dulaney ’23, and Erik Liu ’25 set personal bests in the 800m. Seeley also ran a new personal best in the 400m. In the shotput, Grey Durham ’25 and Brandon Blake ’25 had their best performances of the season. Tony Wang ’22 set a new personal record in the high jump when he cleared the bar at 4’06.00”.