Winter Sports Preview: A Strong Start to the Season

Entering the 2019/20 winter athletic season, Sidwell Friends is defending its girls’ basketball Independent School League banner and boys’ basketball District of Columbia State Athletic Association AA State Championship.

Girls’ basketball returns to the court under new head coach Tamika Dudley. Dudley won the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association girls’ basketball championship with Woodbridge in their 2018/19 campaign. Girls’ basketball is a young team with no seniors, one junior, and starts two sophomores and three freshmen. They will play against top Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association teams in the upcoming She Got Game classic. Girls’ basketball is currently 4-0 and led by Kiki Rice ’22, who spent the summer playing on Team USA's U16 squad as a member of their gold medal-winning team.

Boys’ basketball returns as the defending DCSAA AA Champions under head coach Eric Singletary ’93. Currently, the boys are 5-0 coming off their Quaker Classic tournament victory over Wisconsin Avenue rival St. Albans. "I was impressed with our stamina and our ability to lock in defensively against some excellent teams," Eric says. Quaker Classic MVP and Sidwell junior guard Ryan Cornish ’21, added "we played well as a team, we are still coming together. We take every opponent one by one; we try and go 1-0 every day." Soon, boys’ basketball will travel to the Bishop Walker and Governor’s Challenge tournaments.

Wrestling returns to the mats for the 2019/20 season with head coach Josh Markey and they’re looking to take back the MAC Championship. Returning to the squad is MAC Champion in the 106-pound weight class Kate Borkowski ’22 and varsity newcomer Matthew Rosenstein ’23 in the 152-pound weight class. Wrestling is off to a winning start with four placewinners in the Bishop Ireton Classic, and recently defeated St. Albans at home. Wrestling hosts its annual SFS Invitational on December 21, the MAC Superquad January 17, and the DC City Championships at Gonzaga on February 15.

Boys’ and girls’ swimming have gotten off to an excellent start with a “team first” mentality. "Seeing the growth both individually and as a team and the best times through the season" has head coach Megan Miller excited for this season. Swimming has key dates at the MAC and ISL Championships January 22 and 28 respectively, and the WMPSSDL Swim Championships on February 1.

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