The spring season has felt like more of a sprint than prior years—but as we reach the finish, the teams have all experienced highlights that belie the sense that the weeks have flown by.
Softball, with just one division loss, reached the final of the league tournament, where it hung with regular-season champion Flint Hill until the late innings. Led by big-hitting seniors Allie Clarke ’17 and Sydney Love-Baker ’17, the team will turn its attention to the city playoffs (DCSAA Championship), a tournament that holds a positive history for us, with wins or the runner-up slot in six of the last eight years.
Crew’s times have dropped as the weekends have ticked off the schedule, with the 1st Boat within seconds of qualifying for SRAAs, the scholastic national championships. With coxswain Rosemary McGovern ’17 and co-captain Sally Harris Porter ’17 providing guidance and power, the team will head to the prestigious Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia with high hopes of finishing the season with a flourish.
Under new Head Coach Katie McMahon, Lacrosse’s young team (only two seniors, co-captains Maggie Fowler ’17 and Grace Rotondo ’17) has played an energetic style of ball, with swarming defense and an offense that allows our wide variety of attackers to express themselves. Appearances in the Washington Post Top Ten and the ISL Final, as well as a victory over nationally-ranked Bishop Ireton, are a sure foundation for the team’s future.
Tennis has used the spring to build the program for the fall campaign. Notable victories over Madeira and School Without Walls have been the ideal venue for the underclassmen to gain experience. Regan Clare ’20 and Lauren Bonner ’19 joined juniors Rachel Leonard ’18 and Molly Rowan ’18 in the DCSAA Tournament, where everyone advanced through the opening rounds.
Track faced extremely erratic weather early in the season with rain, snow, and bitter cold all throwing preparation completely out of rhythm. Still, in the meets that climax the season, the Draper Invitational and the ISL Championships, the likes of Dagny Fisher ’20 in the 800m and the 4x800m relay team (Fisher, Brennan Dunne ’19, Isabel Gretschel ’20, Lauren Cormier ’17) were able to produce performances that placed them in the top ten.