Riverdale Transitions Into Spring Sports Season
As the days begin to last longer and the weather slowly warms, Riverdale is moving into the spring sports season. Some student-athletes will be transitioning from their respective winter sports to new spring sports, while others have been waiting for winter to pass to begin their seasons. Riverdale offers twelve varsity spring sports: varsity baseball, boys’ varsity, girls’ varsity crew, boys’ varsity lacrosse, girls’ varsity lacrosse, varsity softball, boys’ varsity tennis, boys’ varsity track and field, girls’ varsity track and field, boys’ varsity golf, girls’ varsity golf, and ultimate frisbee. The aforementioned sports all have junior varsity squads except for golf and ultimate frisbee.
The varsity baseball team, headed by Coach Doug McDonald, will look to improve upon a solid 13-9 season. Senior shortstop and leadoff man Jeremy Kasdin returns, along with Trevor Simon, Ross Krakower, and August Biben.
The respective crew teams have seen the departures of Scott McKinney and Malaika Swaminathan-Sipp, who has gone on to pursue the sport in college. Nevertheless, the teams will still strive to place well in the Long Island Rowing Championships and the New York State Championships.
Boys’ varsity golf will see the return of freshman phenom Matt Simon, who wracked up multiple medalist honors last year as an eighth grader. Now that he is no longer a newcomer, Simon wants to “build off [his] great year in hopes of winning the Ivy League Championship,” a feat he believes is possible with strong teammates like Charlie Brandow and Ben Sussman.
The girls’ varsity golf team looks to improve on its performance last year, as it sees the return of upperclassmen who are ready to compete this season.
On the boys’ varsity lacrosse team, Senior captain Ryan Rosenzweig believes his team is in-line for great success, “We have most of our starters returning and have some great younger guys who could really step up for us this year.” Rosenzweig, along with impressive attackmen Kevin Kurtz and Dylan Mack, form an intimidating offense.
On the other side of the field, girls’ varsity lacrosse, headed by Coach Carol Pouliot, has a relatively new team according to returning sophomore Elie Genatt. Genatt is excited to see the new dynamic of the team, and will strive to “double her assists and goals from last season.” Coach Pouliot added that she hopes for “daily improvements in order to maximize [the team’s] win-loss record through cohesive team play.”
Despite an underwhelming campaign last year, varsity softball members have their sights set on victory against Ivy League rivals like Dalton and Poly Prep.
Boys’ varsity tennis had an exceptional season last year, reaching the Ivy League Championships final. In their upcoming season, the team needs to surpass the final hump in order to achieve championship status.
The track and field squad has its sights set on winning the Ivy League Championship, a very possible feat according to Audrey Wisch, a returning junior who earned all-Ivy honors in the fall season. Audrey believes that with the support of “Ernie Robertson, combined with [the team’s] talented underclassmen, this may be [the team’s] last chance to take home the championship for a while.”
Ultimate frisbee, a recently-established sport at Riverdale, competes fiercely. Cole Kosarin, a returning freshman, claims that “the sport of frisbee will forever be more hardcore than any of those other occupations, especially when you throw the word ultimate in front.” Although the team fell to Horace Mann in the finals last year, circle the date April 18th, where they take the field to see who really rules the Riverdale area.