With a strong and successful start to the season, the Riverdale winter sports teams have been very competitive and hungry for the late-season wins. Each team has created meaningful memories as they strive to improve their records in the remaining weeks of the season.
After losing their first match to Trinity, the boys’ swim team has kept their five game win streak with a huge win last Friday against their rival, Hackley. With the influx of strong freshman talent and improving upperclassmen, this team led by senior captains Jonathan Gross and Spencer Chemtob “has had tremendous growth since last year,” said Coach Tracy Wright. Gross believes, “the swimmers are more committed” and determined this year to win and become stronger.
Likewise, the girls’ swim team has had a tremendous start as well. Led by senior captains Maddy Noah and Shae Simpson, the team boasts a 6-2 record so far. Sophomore Maya Rackoff and the rest of the team are excited to “do better at Ivy League Champs” this February.
With the leadership from senior captains Dashiell Slamowitz and Benjamin Kaufman, the boys’ fencing team has won most of their meets. Sophomore Justin Lederer said that “the team is looking forward to the end of season individual and group tournaments,” as well as staying disciplined during practice.
Similarly, the girls’ fencing team has had a strong performance so far with senior captains Nathalia Tavares and Ella Hort leading the way. The squad is headed in the right direction with their heads up high and look forward to the Ivy League Tournament at Hackley.
Both boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams have had a tremendous season and have performed very well in all of their meets. The captains, seniors Willy White, Kate Seklir, Madeleine Karofsky, and junior Tobias Wolfson, have all been excellent leaders and mentors for the younger athletes.
With a relatively young and upcoming team, boys’ varsity basketball has had an impressive start with an 11-1 record thus far. Junior Reid Slott and the whole team can agree that they “are off to a great start,” and are excited for the rest of the season. After winning crucial Ivy League games (Fieldston, Dalton, and Poly Prep), the team aspires ”to eventually get the Ivy League Championship.”
Although the girls’ basketball team has not found as much success, junior Eloise Benissan believes the “season and the team have been fun.” Captains Leanna Tilitei, Sam Post, and Ila Kacker are determined to finish the season on a high note.
Although girls’ varsity squash team has started the season with a 1-5 record, senior Miranda Hirsch said that “they played well and 3 out of the 5 losses were very close.” Furthermore, “everyone is having fun,” and the whole team is extremely “excited for nationals weekend,” which they believe is the highlight of the season.
The boys’ squash team has started off strong with an 8-3 record to show for it, and the team ranks at fourth place in their division. Led by senior Charles Onesti and junior Sam Devorsetz, the boys are determined to do well at nationals weekend this February.
While their seasons are far from over, Riverdale sports have set themselves up for a successful and enjoyable winter season.