Congratulations to all of our Winsor spring sports teams on another outstanding season! Read on for season summaries and to view photo galleries.
Read on for photo galleries and summaries of our six spring sports!
The Spring Varsity Rowing team worked its way through weeks and weeks of wintry weather to emerge a stronger team with a formidable team dynamic. Led by captains Alessandra DeVito '18, Aoibheann Holland '18 and Jordan Sclar '18, the racing season started well on a rainy day in Worcester. Racing side by side for a metric mile with St. Marks School and BB&N, the Winsor team won the 1st boat and was second in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th boats.
The second race of the season was at home on the Powerhouse Stretch against Nobles. It was tough racing and Nobles prevailed. But back in Worcester two weeks later, Winsor raced Nobles, Groton, Lincoln and St. Marks School, and prevailed over Nobles to win the 1st boat, and finished 2nd in the 3rd and 4th boats and 3rd in the 4th boat.
The DuPont Cup at Pomfret School followed, and for the tenth time in recent history Winsor's first boat won the Cup! The second boat won their race and the 3rd and 4th boats were 2nd in the six boat field of Taft, St. Marks School, Miss Porters, Pomfret and Gunnery.
The fifth regatta was at home against Newton Country Day School, and 7 boats strong, Winsor was victorious in all seven races! The first boat worked its' way to an open water lead. The second boat of Briggs Negron '20, Alex Lee '21, Berneece Tam '19, Mikayla Chen '19 and cox Avantika Kothari '19 had a barn-burner of a race. The third boat of Nicole Masuoka '20, Sophia Copeman '20, Lulu Ansari '20, Avery Beber '20 and cox Haley Kwoun '20 opened a good lead early. The fourth boat of Sarah Stier '19, Meghan Abate '21, Mia Kussman '18, Clare Westerman '19 and cox Angela Su '19 cruised down the course to a significant win!
For the final race of the season, Winsor headed to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester for the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships. Each crew entered the regatta ranked in the top four of their respective events, and each of the four crews advanced to the Grand Finals. Three of the four medaled, placing Winsor third in team points. Congratulations on an incredible season!
Junior Varsity Crew
JV Crew worked hard to improve technique and build boat speed and it showed in their outstanding performance this season. The team had a competitive finish in their first race of the season against Nobles with the 5th boat placing second, and the 6th and 7th boats overtaking Nobles 6th boat to take first and second place.
EIL 5-3, Overall 7-4
Winsor Varsity Lacrosse, led by captains Eva Dowd '18, Emily Keigher '18 and Madison Lehan '18, finished the season 4th in the EIL in a season filled with many highlights. The team opened the season by welcoming the St. Catherine's School Girls of England to Winsor for a full afternoon of international competition and a meet and greet. A few weeks later, they invited Harlem Lacrosse, a non-profit whose mission is to empower children most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. The Winsor girls planned an afternoon of activities, lacrosse and learning for the 40 lower school girls.
Facing 5-time defending champs Pinagree on their turf early in the season, Winsor achieved a huge moral victory, taking the game down to the wire and holding them to a one-point victory. The team capped off the season by making the A Pool Championship Tournament where they faced Pingree again, this time in a high scoring, hard fought battle, losing 20-14.
Thanks to the senior leaders, consistent and relentless play from the sophomores and juniors, and the fearless freshman that started and became immediate impact players, the team's mantra "Strength in Unity" truly encompassed the 2018 season. Congratulations also to Coach Trina Hable who was named EIL Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
Varsity Lacrosse EIL Award Winners:
EIL Honorable Mention Jolean Ashman '20
EIL Honorable Mention Eva Shin '20
EIL All League Alexa Amorosino '20
EIL All League Maddie Lehan '18
EIL All League Serena Pollard '19
Junior Varsity Lacrosse
EIL 2-3, Overall 7-3
JV Lacrosse had an excellent season, finishing with seven wins and three losses. Led by captains Maggie Donovan '19, Julia Monaco '19 and Anna Rose Read '19, the team battled some pretty interesting weather in the opening few weeks, playing their first game in the snow! Exciting victories over Metro, Portsmouth Abbey, and St. George's were followed by a tough loss to Berwick, but overall the team remained positive and eager to improve their skills. Great work JV Lacrosse!
EIL 6-3, Overall 7-5
The relatively young 2018 Varsity Softball team started the season with a strong win against Thayer Academy. Three tough losses to Portsmouth Abby, Newton Country Day, and Concord Academy put the Wildcats in tough position if they wanted to make the EIL Tournament. But the team took on the challenge and rose to the occasion.
Motivated by tri-captains Grace Condon '18, Ellie Fulkerson '18, and Unique Hodge '18, and fellow senior Caroline Condon '18, the team won the next 5 league games, beating Berwick, LCA, Pingree, Bacroft, and Beaver; outscoring their opponents by a total run score of 67 to 40. It all came down to the final game of the season against Dana Hall. In what was the best game of the season for Winsor, outstanding defense and timely hitting propelled the Wildcats to a 3-1 victory and a third place finish in the EIL. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and the EIL Tournament was cancelled. The Wildcats will have to wait until next year to try to continue the 8-game undefeated streak in tournament play!
Varsity Softball EIL Awards:
EIL Honorable Mention Grace Condon '18
EIL Honorable Mention Louisa Gennari '22
EIL All League Rani Balakrishna '21
EIL All League Ellie Fulkerson '18
EIL All League Eve Lesburg '21
EIL 2-6, Overall 2-7
Varsity Tennis, led by captains Meera Narayanan-Pandit '18 and Becky Shapiro '18, fought hard all season, facing opponents in numerous tight matches that came down to the wire in super tie-breakers. In the first match of the season, the team took a tough loss to eventual EIL tri champion Newton Country Day School. Winsor then went on to beat both Berwick Academy and Beaver Country Day School by a score of 5-0. The last two matches saw some great tennis played against both Concord Academy and Dana Hall School.
With a young squad loaded with potential, the team looks to do great things in the future. Congratulations Varsity Tennis.
Junior Varsity Tennis
EIL 3-0-3, Overall 4-0-2
The JV Tennis team was an extremely talented and motivated group of young athletes who had a very successful season. The team was undefeated against EIL opponents with a record of 3 wins and a one tie. The only loss of the season came against ISL foe Milton Academy in the first match of the season. Each match the team improved, which was evident when they matched up against Milton for a second time in the end of the season and took a convincing 5-1 victory. With a young and talented group, the future of the tennis program looks bright. Congratulations JV tennis.
The sailing team had good season characterized by significant growth and resilience in the face of some unfortunate injuries, most notably the loss of captain Maddie Montagner '18 for the majority of the season. The team continued to rise to the occasion and revise skipper/crew combinations, always maintaining a great attitude and sense of humor, even when sailing in the snow!
Captain Mikako Murphy '18 and her crew Connie Zhu '18 stayed strong and helped carry the team, while Maddie Montagner's sophmore crew Jenna Peterson '20 stepped up and filled in both as skipper and crew. Juniors on the team stepped up time after time, improving exponentially, and carrying the team forward. A big thank you to juniors Charlotte Fries '19, Lia Kornmehl '19, Antonia Januszewicz '19 and Lam An Wyner '19. Freshman Maddie Petro '21 and Annie Adams '21 were thrust right into the mix, competing in every regatta, and doing whatever it took to help the team.
In spite of her injuries, Maddie Montagner and her crew Jenna Peterson finished the season ranked 11th in the division. Captain Makako Murphy and her crew Connie Zhu finished 12th in the division, while junior Charlotte Fries and her crew Izzy Isselbacher '18 finished the season ranked 17th. Congratulations to a team that proved there's a bright future for Winsor sailing.
Track and Field
The varsity track and field team had one goal at the start of the 2018 season: a fourth consecutive EIL team championship.
The first meet of the season was against the five other teams in the EIL, and Winsor finished second, losing to the hosts, Portsmouth Abbey, by a 60-point margin. Over the next four weeks, the team worked hard on the track and in their field events, and continued to improve individually and grow stronger as a team. Another second-place finish in a six-team meet, behind NEPSTA Division I team St. Paul's, was a great way to bounce back after the loss to Portsmouth Abbey.
On May 12, Winsor traveled to Marianapolis for the EIL Championship. Live scoring meant the team knew exactly how things were unfolding. As the 4x400 relay team of Anjali Palepu '21, Chloe Duval '19, Lucie King '20 and Winnie Wang '20 lined up for the final event of the day, they knew the team score with Portsmouth Abbey was so close, and they had one objective: to cross the finish line before Abbey.
Anjali's fantastic leadoff leg gave the team the cushion that was needed, and Winsor won the relay, and took home their fourth consecutive EIL championship, edging Portsmouth Abbey by eight points. In all, 14 girls contributed to the point total, and three were individual EIL champions: Kaitlin Kolb '21 in the 100 hurdles and long jump, India Glenn '20 in the high jump, and Lucie King '20 in the 400. Winsor also won the 4x100 relay in addition to that final 4x400 relay, and Kaitlin Kolb '21 was again named EIL track and field season MVP.
A week later at the NEPSTA Division II championship, Winsor finished sixth of 14 teams. Congratulations to the EIL Champs, and to Coach Shalise Manza Young who was named the EIL Coach of the Year for Track and Field.
Varsity Track EIL Awards:
EIL Honorable Mention Alex Bardon '18
EIL Honorable Mention Clare Quinn '19
EIL All League Chloe Duval '19 4 x 100 meter relay and 4 x 400 meter relay
EIL All League Sophia Lin-David '22 4 x 100 meter relay
EIL All League India Glenn '20 High Jump
EIL All League Lucy King '20 400 meter, 4 x 100 meter relay, and 4 x 400 meter relay
EIL All League Kailtin Kolb '21 100 meter hurdles, long jump, and 4 x 100 meter relay
EIL All League Anjali Palepu '21 4 x 400 meter relay
EIL All League Winnie Wang '20 4 x 400 meter relay