NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan Country School had a winning performance at the U.S. Middle School Squash Championships at Yale University, Jan. 23-25.
The boys’ team won first place and the national title for Division III and the girls’ team took home third place in Division II.
Sixty-five school teams and 450 student-athletes competed at the annual three-day tournament.
“The teams played with focus, energy, emotion, poise and enthusiasm, while always displaying tremendous sportsmanship,” Cynthia Badan, varsity squash coach, said in a statement. “They have all improved an enormous amount since the beginning of the season.”
In particular, Badan commended team captains Maia Zonis and Carson Teitler, who displayed strong leadership and support of their teammates.
The boys won all three of their contests: SquashSmarts (3-2), TEVF (3-0) and PolyPrep (4-1).
This year marked the team’s second division win in a row. No. 1 Teddy Schoenholtz and No. 3 TJ Stoker helped their team to victory with five game wins over their Poly Prep opponents. Stoker had three five game matches in a row—winning in his last match of the weekend.
The girls finished the tournament 2-2 with wins against Bala Cynwood (4-1) and Baldwin C (5-0) and losses to East Rock, a division of the Squash Haven Program (2-3) and Sacred Heart (2-3).
No. 3 Megan Meyerson was the only NCCS player to win all four matches of the weekend.
The NCCS Boys Squash team is Coach Cynthia Badan, Win Lane of New Canaan, Cam Raker of Darien, Teddy Schoenholtz of New Canaan, Nate Stevens of Darien, TJ Stoker of Pound Ridge, N.Y., Carson Teitler of New Canaan (captain), Bo Zeigler of Rowayton, and Teddy Zinn of New Canaan.
The NCCS Girls Squash team is Griffin Dewey of New Canaan, Alexandra LeBaron of New Canaan, Megan Meyerson of New Canaan, Emily Riccardi of Darien, Carolina Salvatore of New Canaan, and Maia Zonis of New Canaan (captain).
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