The Wildcats had a memorable spring sports season highlighted by 3 EIL Championship Titles.
Athletic Director Sherren Granese applauded the spring sports teams - and spectators - for a record breaking season marked by 21 out of 30 days of rain in April, and culminating in 3 EIL Championship titles. She also thanked the "motivated and committed seniors" for "always putting the team first, and leaving a legacy that will remain forever."
Read on for photo galleries and summaries of our six spring sports!
The Spring Varsity Crew team showed formidable team work and commitment, managing to make weeks of terrible weather tolerable. Led by captains Lettie Cabot '19, Mikayla Chen '19 and Berneece Tam '19, the rowers began the racing season with mixed results against St. Marks, BB&N and Gunnery, followed by another round against BB&N with the addition of Nobles and more mixed results.
Next, Winsor rowing had an outstanding showing at Founder's Cup, where all four boats made the finals and the first, second and third boats all medaled. The Pomfret DuPont Cup was the following Saturday, and on the first nice day of the spring, all six boats rowed great races, with the first boat winning another Cup.
Winsor's last regatta before the NEIRA Championships was against NCDS, and Winsor swept all 6 races and headed into the NEIRAs with the first boat ranked 1st and the second, third and fourth boats all ranked in the top 8 out of 42 programs.
At NEIRAs, Winsor's second boat qualified for the petite final and finished fifth, and the first and third boats qualified for the grand finals. The third boat lineup of Haley Kwuon '20, Nicole Masuoka '20, Sophia Copeman '20, Berneece Tam '19 and Avery Beber '20 finished fourth. Winsor's first boat lineup of Avantika Kothari '19, Scarlet Perry '22, Lettie Cabot '19, Alex Lee '21 and Julia Contini '19 placed third and qualified for Nationals.
Congratulations to Varsity Crew on an outstanding season!
Junior Varsity Crew
For many of the JV rowers, this was their first season of rowing or their first time participating in the spring racing season, which is more difficult than the fall season as the boats race side by side at higher speed and stroke rates. Four coxswains and eight rowers successfully faced the challenge, racing their first 1500s.
With only a few short weeks to get ready to race, the JV rowers showed high levels of attention and awareness in practice, and their hard work and focus resulted in tremendous improvement. Congratulations JV Crew!
EIL 8-2, Overall 9-3
Winsor Varsity Lacrosse finished the regular season with a 7-1 EIL record and in 2nd place overall. The team capped their season by competing in the EIL Tournament, making it to the Championship game and facing 7-time defending Champs, Pingree. In a high scoring, hard fought battle, the team came up just short, taking home 2nd, and for the second year in a row, earned recognition as the league team closest to upsetting top-ranked Pingree.
The team was led by co-captains Nancy Kaneb '19 and Serena Pollard '19, and the strong and talented seniors on the team kept the players motivated and focused on the importance of being a good teammate and "Doing it for Each Other." For the first time in six years, Winsor beat both Newton Country Day School and Portsmouth Abbey.
Competitive, relentless, driven, and goal-oriented, the young and fearless team continued to get better game by game, and were so much fun to watch. With 15 returning players, the future looks bright for Varsity Lacrosse.
Congratulations to Varsity Lacrosse on a great season! And congratulations to Coach Trina Hable, named EIL Coach of the Year for the second year in a row!
Varsity Lacrosse EIL Award Winners:
EIL Honorable Mention Chloe Davidson '21
EIL Honorable Mention Olivia Hall '21
EIL All League Alexa Amorosino '20
EIL All League Serena Pollard '19
EIL All League Julia Ryan '22
EIL All League Eva Shin '20
Junior Varsity Lacrosse
EIL 1-2, Overall 2-6
JV lacrosse had 20 players and a very solid season. The team focused on improving their skills, offensive and defensive situational knowledge, and having fun despite the rainy weather. They hit their stride mid-season with victories against Pingree and Boston Latin School, demonstrating strong throwing and catching, effective mid-field transitional play, and well-placed shots on goal. The subsequent two losses were by a combined total of 4 goals. Great work this season JV Lacrosse!
Varsity Softball - Undefeated EIL Champions
EIL 7-0, Overall 9-0
The impressive 2019 Varsity Softball team began the season with a strong win against Thayer Academy and never looked back. Eight more consecutive wins propelled the Wildcats to the EIL League Championship!
The team ended the regular season with a perfect 9 – 0 record. As a team, the Wildcats batted .439 with a slugging percentage of .754, scoring a total of 89 runs, including 13 home runs. In the field, the team had a fielding percentage .945, making only 12 errors in 219 chances. Led by tri-captains Amanda Fogarty '19, Sam Goldenson '19, and Emily Hart '19, this hard working, dedicated team put together one of the most successful seasons that Winsor has ever seen.
Congratulations Varsity Softball on an undefeated championship season!
Varsity Softball EIL Award Winners:
EIL Honorable Mention Samantha Goldenson '19
EIL Honorable Mention Alianna Taitano '20
EIL All League Rani Balakrishna '21
EIL All League Amanda Fogarty '19
EIL All League Louisa Gennari '22
EIL All League Eve Lesburg '21
Varsity Tennis - EIL Champions
EIL 7-2, Overall 9-2
In spite of a rainy season, Winsor Tennis was determined to play, and was lucky to be able to travel to indoor courts Monday through Friday. With a mindset to take the season one practice at a time, one match at a time, the team didn't allow small obstacles to derail them, but instead, continued to get stronger.
Led by co-captains Zoe Belluck '19 and Sophia Blyth '19, the players were hard working and dedicated, and the momentum and excitement grew with every win. They also truly understood what it means to be a team, and were there to pick each other up during tough losses and to celebrate during great wins.
"Winning the EIL Championship title was incredible, and we are happy to have it. But the prize is in the journey," says Coach Maria DeMarco. "The Varsity Tennis season of 2019 is one we will never forget. And now that we are the EIL Tennis Champions, we are committed to carrying the title with humility and pride."
Congratulations Varsity Tennis on a championship season!
Varsity Tennis EIL Award Winners:
EIL Honorable Mention Zoe Belluck '19
EIL Honorable Mention Amelia Zhang '21
EIL All League Sophia Blyth '19
EIL All League Sophie Diop '22
EIL Most Valuable Player Sophie Diop '22
Junior Varsity Tennis
EIL 5-0, Overall 5-1
Despite a very wet spring, JV Tennis had a very successful season. The team started the season with a big win over Milton Academy, 4-2. The next match was against Andover, and although the team lost, they learned from the defeat, and it fueled the next match, a 5-0 upset over NCDS. The team defeated every team from that point forward, going undefeated in the league and winning every individual match!
Congratulations JV Tennis on an incredibly impressive season!
Led by co-captains Charlotte Fries '19 and Lia Kornemhel '19, the members of the sailing team proved adaptable and extremely capable of working together, with many on the team showing the ability to both skipper and crew in any race day pairing. With the fortunate problem of having more than enough competent skipper/crew teams, Winsor alternated teams each race day.
Junior Jenna Peterson '20 and her sophomore crew Annie Adams '21 led the team finishing 21st in the league. Sophmore Maddie Petro '21 and crew Antonia Januszewicz '21 finished just behind in 24th place. Given the competitive field in which 6 teams compete 3 boats every race, requiring a high percentage of race days to qualify for a ranking, these finishing positions are a significant accomplishment.
The teams stepped up their game at the Mass Bay League Championships, with the 3 underclassmen leading the way, driving and crewing both boats in the Mercury class despite extremely heavy winds, which eventually led to the cancellation of all races for that class. In the 420 fleet, skipper Maddie Petro '21 and crew Annie Adams '21 improved their finishes in each of the 3 races. Weather ultimately ended the day early and required the second day of racing to be called off as well.
Thanks to the versatile talent of the young team members, Varsity Sailing has a strong future. Congratulations to the team on a great season!
Track and Field - EIL Champions
EIL 4-0, Overall 8-3
The Winsor Varsity Track and Field team had one goal in 2019: Win the EIL Championship. And for the fifth year in a row, the team did just that, locking up the title with three events still remaining in competition, and prevailing over second place finisher Pingree by 61 points. In all, 15 of the 25 athletes on the roster contributed points to the EIL title.
The weekend after the EIL Championships, the team competed in the New England Championships and finished 6th out of 14 teams.
Senior Clare Quinn '19 had a stellar season, breaking the seven-year old school record in the 3000 meter run. And sophomore Kaitlin Kolb '21 broke two school records, in the 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles, winning the 100 hurdles at the EIL Championship for the 4th straight year.
With only five athletes graduating, the team will be looking to extend their championship winning streak next spring.
Congratulations to Varsity Track and Field on an incredible season. And congratulations to Coach Shalise Manza Young, named EIL Coach of the Year for Track and Field for the 2nd consecutive year.
Varsity Track EIL Award Winners:
EIL Honorable Mention Emeline Daley '24
EIL Honorable Mention Chloe Duval '19
EIL All League India Glenn '20, High Jump
EIL All League Kailtin Kolb '21, 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles
EIL All League Anjali Palepu '21, javelin
EIL All League Clare Quinn '19, 3000 meter run
EIL Most Valuable Player Kaitlin Kolb '21