This season’s athletic highlights include new honors and achievements across sports.
Following on the success of a number of fall and winter sports teams, this spring saw Sidwell Friends student-athletes win conference and state championship banners in several sports and strong individual and team results across the board. Some highlights from the the field, course, court, water, and track:
The girls’ tennis team crushed it at the DCSAA (District of Columbia State Athletic Association) tournament, emerging as champions. Meanwhile, Clara Zou ’24 won the girls’ singles title, and she and teammate Daria Ghassemi ’25 were runners-up in the girls’ doubles competition. On the boys’ tennis side, the team earned a fourth straight MAC (Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference) regular season and tournament championship. Propelled from early season success and their annual Florida spring break trip, the boys’ team also earned victories at the George C. Shafer tournament in Philadelphia.
The golf team recently competed in the DCSAA Championship Tournament at the historic Langston Golf Course. Sophie Ochiai ’26 and Claire Kinnier ’26 finished in a tie for third place in the girls’ competition, earning each a spot on the podium. Andrew Ludwin ’23 tied for fifth place in the boys’ competition.
The crew team has been making waves this season with numerous victories. Sidney Ford ’23, Alma Bielenberg ’25, Sophia Stylianos ’25, Lia Nathan ’25, and Lia Donley ’25 rowed to a first-place finish in the Women’s Varsity Four at the Ryz Obuchowicz Regatta. Not to be outdone, the freshmen five, Emi Nyhan ’26, Amelia Vaugh ’26, Eppie Hughes Jennett ’26, Maggie McDonald ’26, and Luca Kountoupes ’26, won the Virginia State Rowing Championships.
Track & Field
The boys’ and girls’ track and field teams displayed solid performances throughout the season and attained many personal records. The girls’ team took second place at the ISL Championship Meet. Ava Gregory ’26 finished second in the long jump; the 4x800 team of Isabel Limao ’25, Jasmine Singh ’25, Lily Palmerino ’24, and Mila Maltby ’24 took first place; and Easy Weissman ’24 took fourth place at the MAC Championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 events.
Softball & Baseball
The softball team swung their way to victory at the ISL (Independent School League) tournament, claiming the championship title. Signature wins this season included games against Jackson-Reed, Bullis, and Holy Child. The baseball team vied for the MAC title in the regular season and in the MAC tournament. While they fell short of claiming the championship, they still had big wins against St. Albans, Jackson-Reed, Maret, and Potomac.
The girls’ lacrosse team had numerous victories and an impressive season. Highlight wins included St. Catherine’s (United Kingdom), Maret, Madeira, and St. Petersburg Catholic (Florida). The boys’ lacrosse team also had an impressive season with commendable performances on the field. Notable wins included Flint Hill, Maret, and the Friends School of Baltimore.
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