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Spring Sports Wrap-up: Seattle Academy Girls’ Track, Boys’ Golf Both Finish Second in State!

Photo of Seattle Academy Upper School girls' 4x100 track team who won the state title

Above: The girls' 4x100 team won the state title, breaking a fourteen-year-old school record. Pictured from left-to-right on the podium are Brenna McCormick '19, Tessa Malone '18, Jillian Pendergast '18, and Harlowe Brumett-Dunn '20.

The Seattle Academy spring sports season was an exciting and successful one capped off by the girls’ track team and boys’ golf team both finishing second in state. The Cardinals had state representatives in five spring sports.

“It was a great spring sports season,” said Seattle Academy Athletic Director Cathy Schick. “We continue to be impressed by the number of students that turn out for our athletic teams and the accomplishments they are able to yield. Overall, it was a successful spring season and a great way to end the year.”

After finishing the regular season second in the Emerald City League (ECL), the girls’ track team, setting a number of new school records, finished second at the state meet in Spokane, Washington.

Sixteen athletes were named 1st-Team All-ECL, eleven of which qualified for the state meet (in bold):  Nicole Arends ‘20, Harlowe Brumett-Dunn ‘20, Sadie Cook ‘20, Chloe Darrow ‘19, Trevor Dunnigan ‘19, Lilia Hargreaves ‘18, Ella Kodjababian ‘19, Lake Lewis ‘18, Tessa Malone ‘18, Hannah McConnell ‘20, Brenna McCormick ‘19, Alexis Norwitz ‘20, Jillian Pendergast ‘18, Joi Porter-Harris ‘19, Conner Pierce ’18, and Aliya Schenck ‘18. Head coach Erin Aitchison ‘98 was named Coach-of-the-Year for the girls’ team.

Highlights this season included Harlowe winning both the 100m and 200m at the state meet. She holds the school record in both events. The girls 4 x 100 relay team of Harlowe, Tessa, Brenna, and Jillian won the state title breaking a fourteen-year-old school record. Lake finished seventh at the state meet in the 300H and broke his own school record set last year. Connor competed in the ambulatory division at state and won both the 100m and 200m races.

In Liberty Lake, Washington, at the State Golf Tournament, the SAAS boys just missed winning the team title finishing in second place just 2.5 points behind Bear Creek. Individually David King ‘19 led the way finishing fifth out of a field of eighty. PJ Colino ‘20, Max Ray-Keil ‘19, Elias Malakoff ‘19 and his brother Max ‘19 rounded out the SAAS squad. All five players were named 1st-Team All-ECL.

In soccer, the boys’ soccer team finished fourth in the state. Angelo Calfo ’18 and Adrian Valentine ‘19 were both named to the All-ECL 1st-Team. Kaleabe Abebe ‘18, Brandon Burke ’19, and sophomore Bafode Drame ‘20 were named 2nd-Team All-ECL.

In tennis, Ezra Magaram ’19 and Penelope Owen ’19 both qualified for the state tournament in Yakima, Washington. Ezra finished third in boys’ singles, winning the consolation bracket. Penelope lost in the state finals to finish second in girls’ singles, repeating last year’s performance when she achieved the highest finish ever for a Seattle Academy girl in tennis. Penelope was named All-ECL 1st-Team, joining Ezra who was named All-League in the fall.

The boys’ lacrosse team qualified for the state tournament before being eliminated by Lakeside. Henry Johnson ’18, Bunker Risse ’19, and Oscar Zorn ’19 were all named 1st-Team All-Metro. Grant Sorensen ’18 finished his career as the all-time leading scorer for the Cardinals in career goals and career points.

The girls’ lacrosse team, in its second year playing a JV schedule, finished their season at 8-2. They were also very competitive in three varsity matches as they prepare for a varsity schedule next year.

In Ultimate, the girls advanced to the league playoffs before being eliminated one game shy of the state tournament. For the second straight year Tess Barton ’19 was named 1st-Team All-ECL.  Charlotte Zinda ’18 was named honorable mention.

The successful sports season this spring was not just limited to the Upper School level. The SAAS Middle School also had a wonderful spring. Over one hundred and eighty kids participated in spring sports!

Have a great summer everybody and Go Cardinals!

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