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Winter Athletics Recap & Highlights

What a season our scholar athletes have had. Here’s a recap of all the action from Poly’s Winter Sports 2018-2019.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Overall Record: 12-12
Ivy Prep League Record: 5-7
Postseason: Advanced to NYSAIS 2nd Round

The Girls’ Basketball program began the season without four starters who graduated in 2018 – three of whom competed this year at the college level at Georgetown, Bates, and Franklin and Marshall, respectively. They faced a challenging non-league schedule and a strong Ivy Prep League. Overtime thrillers and buzzer beaters played a role in several of the team's victories, including a last-second shot to defeat Trinity in the opening round of the NYSAIS Tournament. The Girls' Basketball program has qualified for the Post-Season NYSAIS Tournament every year since its formulation. Senior Maggie Fort was a unanimous 1st Team All-Ivy Prep League Selection.
BOYS' BASKETBALL
Overall Record: 16-6
Ivy Prep League Record: 11-3
NY State Ranking: (Class B) #28
NYC Ranking: (CLASS B) #9
Postseason: Advanced to NYSAIS 2nd Round

The Poly Prep Boys' Basketball Team was certainly a force to be reckoned with on the New York City basketball scene. This young team faced a very challenging non-conference schedule including the Nike Brooklyn Bridge Holiday Classic. All season they vied for the Ivy Prep League Championship and finished in second place. In the postseason, they fell short at NYSAIS Champion Lawrence Woodmere. Freshman Max Ragusa was named 1st Team All NYSAIS and All-Ivy Prep League. The program returns 11 varsity players next year.
WRESTLING
National Prep School Tournament:14/130
Mayor’s Cup: Independent School Champions (5th Season in a Row)
Ivy Prep Champions: 5
NYSAIS Champions: 5
Prep School All-Americans: 2

The 2018-2019 Poly Prep Wrestling Team placed 14th in a field of over 130 teams at the Prep School Nationals at Lehigh University. They were led by senior, 145-pounder, David Berkovich, who was honored as a Prep School All-American. David capped off his career by making the finals, but losing a hard fought 3-1 decision to his nationally ranked opponent from Blair. David will leave his mark as one of Poly's all-time best by placing 5th and 2nd at the Nationals, winning 3 NYC Mayor's Cup titles and 4 Prep State Championships. Junior Dove Bonjean-Alpart achieved his goal of All-American status by placing 7th at 126lbs. Dove was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NYSAIS Meet. Sophomores Josh Khosayev and Travis Chu both went 2-2 at the Nationals, which is an encouraging sign for future years as it is rare for upper-weight underclassmen to have such success. Senior Charlie Barry also competed at the Nationals and ended an excellent high school career with 3 Prep State and Ivy League Championships. Charlie was one of our most consistent wrestlers in the lineup competing at the varsity level for 5 seasons. Senior John Walker capped a solid 5-year career, as well as placing 2nd at the Prep States.
BOYS' SQUASH
Overall Record: 15-2
Ivy Prep League Record: 7-3
Poly Prep Invitational: 2nd Place
Choate Invitational: 3rd Place
US Squash High School Nationals: 30/112
NY State Ranking: #2
Postseason Tournament: Reached the 2nd Round

The Poly Prep Boys' Varsity Squash team had an excellent season. They concluded the year with an impressive ranking of 30th nationally and 2nd in NY State. They finished tied for 2nd in the Ivy Prep League and reached the Semi-Finals NY State Tournament. Season highlights included an impressive win over Phillips Exeter that led to a 30th place finish at the US Squash HS Nationals. The season was impressive in part because Poly welcomed 4 new starters into the varsity lineup (out of the 7 slots) and competed against a very strong Northeast schedule. Junior Omar Nemr went 17-5 in the #1 slot and finished All-Ivy First Team. He was also voted a US Squash All-American representing NYC Tristate region.
GIRLS' SQUASH
Ivy Prep League Champions
Overall Record: 11-2
US Squash High School Nationals: 30/88
14th Place in Division II

The Varsity Girls' Squash team crushed the season with an undefeated record through mid-January and earned a 1st place finish at our own Poly Prep Invitational. The athletes maintained their strong record throughout the season. They finished with an 11-2 overall regular season record and took the first ever Ivy Prep League Title for this new league sport. The team came in 30th overall at Nationals, with a 14th place finish in Division II.

Lark Ervasti was named 1st team All-Ivy Prep League, as well as US Squash All-American.
ICE HOCKEY
Overall Record: 4-5
Metropolitan Hockey League: 4-5

Nothing says “winter” like hockey. Poly’s Ice Hockey team faced off in the highly competitive Metropolitan Hockey League. The league features teams from both the Independent School and Catholic school ranks. The team was strong defensively and achieved a shutout this year. One of the highlights of the Poly Prep Athletic Season was the team playing before a sold-out crowd at the Winter Classic hosted by the Fieldston School in New York City's Chelsea Piers. This year marked the 10th anniversary of this event. The program’s David Harman Award was presented to Matthew Markowitz at the team banquet.

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK
Ivy Prep League Championships: 1st Place
NYSAIS Championships: 1st Place

Poly Prep Girls’ Indoor Track and Field Team owned the Armory this winter. In the course of one week, they took home both the Ivy Prep League Championship and the NYSAIS Championship! First Team All-Ivy Honors went to Claudia Iannelli in the 300m, Katherine Kelly in the 1000m, Jenna Denaver in the 3000m, Mia Hinz in the High Jump, Lauren Kauppila in the Long Jump and Triple Jump and Madison Stephenson in the Shot Put. The Poly girls also won the 4x400m Relay! Katherine Kelly qualified for the New Balance National Meet.

BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK
Ivy Prep League Championships: 4th Place
NYSAIS Championships: 4th Place

Poly Prep Boys’ Indoor Track Squad also had a very solid season in the highly competitive world of New York City Track and Field, led by Gabe Cannavo and Daniel Wallace. Several personal bests were achieved during the season both at the Armory and the Ocean Breeze Facility in Staten Island.

GIRLS' SWIMMING
Easterns Championship Qualifiers: 5
NYSAIS Competitors: 1
 
The Girls' Swimming team had a very good season consistently achieving record performances, both on the individual and team scale. Five swimmers qualified for the Easterns Invitational Championship Meet in Lancaster, PA. In that highly competitive environment, swimmers Samantha Chan, Lily Ezrow, Malia Freedhand, Naomi Levey, and Mary Quin Roller saw some of their best times of the entire season. Olivia Harrison represented Poly at the NYSAIS championship at Lehman College. Olivia qualified for finals in the 100 Butterfly and the 200 Individual Medley Freestyle Relay (1:44.76) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.95).

BOYS' SWIMMING
Easterns Championship Qualifiers: 3

Ryan Chan, Jesse Duval, and Simon Jordan represented Poly at the Easterns Invitational Championship Meet in Lancaster, PA each achieving lifetime best performances in their respective events. The program hopes to build on this year's successes as they move forward.
FENCING

The Poly Fencing team found terrific success in their matches this winter. In the match against LREI, both the Boys' and Girls' teams defeated their counterparts with a strong showing, specifically from the Boys' and Girls' Foil Teams. The season was bittersweet, as we say goodbye to a strong core of seniors who have anchored the Poly Fencing Program for several years: Kristen Palmer, Gabe Lobo-Berg, Chloe Sun, Mia Cerami, Janelle Cheung, Jack Seccia, Connie Chen, and Roman Reed. A number of fencers have expressed their hope of continuing the sport at the next level.
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