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GFA roundup: Squash teams compete at New Englands

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Published 1:59 pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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Girls Squash

The Dragons competed in the Class D New England tournament in Concord, Mass. on Feb. 22. As an individual tournament, all seven starters had a chance to do their best in their respective brackets. Overall, the team finished 11th out of 15 teams.

Playing No. 1, junior Charlotte Kreitler finished ninth. At the No. 2 position, senior Arabella Crawford (Westport) played three closely contested matches before losing. No. 3 senior Tia Carson (Westport) came up with a win against the No. 3 from Convent of the Sacred Heart, one of the Dragons' top rivals.

Finishing 10th in her division, senior Olivia Taylor played in the No. 4 spot. No. 5 Cole Vanacore fell in five games in her match. At No. 6, senior Kaitlin Ball was the big winner for the Dragons. Finishing fifth in her division, Ball lost in the second round of the main draw, but then went on to win the entire consolation draw.

No. 7 sophomore Avery Vanacore finished 7th in her division.

Boys Squash

GFA travelled to Portsmouth Abbey, R.I., for the New England Championships and came home with a third place finish out of seven teams.

Playing in the first tier was Junior Scott Brown, who had a tough first match in which he lost in three games. Brown rebounded in the consolation bracket, where he reached the final and won a five-game match to earn fifth place.

No. 2 sophomore Jack Mackle won his first match and lost his second to a very strong Trinity Pawling opponent. He went on to win the tier to earn third place. No. 3 senior captain Ryan Schedel finished in seventh place in his bracket.

At No. 4, junior Alex Berman had a superb tournament. Being down two games in the final round, Berman came back to win a New England championship

Playing in the number five spot, Junior Colin Hughes finished fourth. At No. 7, junior Rui Aguiar finished seventh. No. 7 Uday Avula finished fifth.

Fencing

GFA competed in the Connecticut individual state's competition March 1. The Dragons had 10 fencers competing in the Foil and Epee. This tournament operated with two separate rounds. The first was a seeding pool to rank all of the competitors. Each of the individual bouts was fenced to five touches. Based on the victories of the students, the top 80 percent of fencers were moved on to the next round, which was a direct elimination round. The second round bouts were fenced to 15 touches or nine minutes, whichever came first.

Sophomores Erica Im, Caroline Booth (Westport), Taiylor Nunn, Matthew Lichtenberg and freshman Luke Duffy, passed through to the direct elimination round.

Nunn won an extremely close bout 15-14. Winning this fight brought Nunn into the quarterfinals, making her the youngest competitor in this bracket. She faced off with the No. 1 seed, Bronwyn Reeve (Guilford), who used her height advantage to keep Nunn at bay. Nunn is now ranked fifth in the state in the Women's Epee category.

Booth won her first round of direct elimination 15-12. Duffy was defeated by the eventual champion of the tournament.

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