Spring Sports Ends in State Championships, Academic Awards, and New School Records
Seattle Academy capped off the 2022 spring season athletic year with four individual State Championships and four Academic State Championships! The Cardinals had representatives in the postseason at the State level in six different sports.
In boys golf, both Itai Malakoff ’23 and John King’23 were named All-ESC and both qualified for the State Tournament, with Itai playing into the second round, finishing 14th. Both the boys and girls golf teams won the League Sportsmanship Awards and both teams also won the State Academic Award.
Good day for the Cardinals yesterday. Making the cut Itai tees off at 9:24 for round 2 pic.twitter.com/5TNbdRz78O— SAAS Athletics (@SAASCardinals) May 25, 2022
In lacrosse, the boys advanced to the State semifinals before being eliminated by Seattle Prep. Senior Jacob Kodjababian ’22 was named 1st-Team All-Metro and was also named All-American. Joining Jacob on the 1st-Team All-Metro team was senior Blake Gaston ’22. Sophomore Griffen Bell ’24 and junior Sam Rawlings ’23 were both named 2nd-Team All-Metro.
The girls lacrosse team won the Independent League and advanced to the State semifinals before being eliminated by the eventual State Champions Mercer Island, 5-4. Lily Bishop ’23 and Lucy Bishop ’23 were both named All-Conference and were both also named to the Washington All-State team. The girls team also won the State Academic Award with the highest cumulative GPA.
In boys tennis, senior Josh Davydov ’22 won the 1A State Championship, winning four matches without losing a set. He is the first boy in school history to win the State Tennis Singles Championship. The doubles team of senior Sophia Fonseca ’22 and sophomore Aiyana Abbott ’24 advanced to the State finals before losing a tough three-set match. Both girls were named 1st-Team All-ESC.
State Tennis Champion! Congratulations to SAAS senior Josh Davydov who today won the 1A singles championship winning the finals 6-0, 6-1. Josh won four matches this weekend without losing a set! Nice job Josh! @SeattleAcademy pic.twitter.com/hv1AIyjQiy— SAAS Athletics (@SAASCardinals) May 29, 2022
In track, junior Shay Meseck-Schick ’23 won the State Pole Vault Championship and sophomore Reggie Witherspoon ’24 won the State Championship in both the 100m and 200m races, along the way setting the school record in both events.
State Champ #2 for the meet! Reggie wins the 100m at the @wiaawa 1A State Track meet! Special moment: His dad, @ReggieWithersp2 who was All-Conference at @EWUFootball in the early 2000s was able to hang the gold medal on his son’s neck. @SeattleAcademy @SAASCardinals #gocardinals pic.twitter.com/4uMmnGmzLG— Seattle Academy Track & Field (@SAAStrack) May 28, 2022
Overall 17 track athletes were named 1st-Team All-ECL, and all qualified for the State meet: Madeleine Bunnell ’22 (4 x 400), Rhiana Bretl ’23 (4 x 400), Ellie Candell ’25 (4 x 400), Dashiel Cockrill ’25 (4 x 400), Lex Capestany ’22 (200m, 4 x 100, 4 x 400), Sadie Honig ’25 (4 x 400), Shay Meseck-Schick ’23 (Pole Vault, Triple Jump, 4 x 100), Eva Ortiz ’25 (Pole Vault), Ciaran Pratley ’22 (4 x 100, 4 x 400), Skye Pratley ’24 (4 x 100), Lucas Ringer ’22 (4 x 400), Anika Segall ’22 (4 x 400), Deja So-Gilmore ’23 (4 x 100, 4 x 400), Delphine Way ’23 (800m, 4 x 400) and Reggie Witherspoon ’24 (100m, 200m, 4 x 100, 4 x 400). Eva Ortiz placed second in the pole vault at the State meet.
In soccer, the boys varsity squad advanced to the State semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Bush, 1-0. Senior Jaden McCleery Brown ’22 and junior Eric Grossman-Glover ’23 were both named 1st-Team All-ESC. Freshman Rhys Lindhorst ’25 and junior Ameyan Dash ’23 were named 2nd-Team All-ESC. Like the golf teams and the girls lacrosse team, the boys soccer team won the State Academic Award for highest GPA.
In Ultimate, the girls finished the season second in the ESC and advanced to the State quarterfinals before being eliminated. Senior Zoe Bishop ’22 and junior Jenna Li ’23 were both named 1st-Team All-ESC.
Cardinals up 7-3 at the half! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8mgB4mZR2D— SAAS Athletics (@SAASCardinals) May 18, 2022
The successful sports season this spring was not just limited to the Upper School level. The SAAS Middle School also had a wonderful spring. The Cardinals fielded 12 teams in five sports and over 200 kids participated! Remember, you can like us on SAAS Athletics on Twitter @SAASCardinals.