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REWIND: Games of the Week: BONUS Games & Races to Watch!

Carly Barbato – May 14, 2020

In this week’s games of the week, we feature several Deerfield highlights including; a historic win over Hotchkiss for the varsity field hockey team, Victoria Patterson setting a new Deerfield record, the boys and girls rowing teams earning victories at the New England championships and US Youth National Championships, we feature the record breaking 4x100M track & field team and the recent podium finishes for Deerfield divers, Sydney Bluestein ’21 and Teddy McCarthy ’20. Enjoy catching up on these great games!

September 22, 2018 – Varsity Field Hockey vs. Hotchkiss: Win 4-2 – Snaps 17 year winless streak vs. Hotchkiss

Spoiler Alert: Read the game recap below.

In a highly anticipated match-up, the varsity field hockey team welcomed the Hotchkiss Bearcats to the Pioneer Valley with the hopes of avenging last year’s 0-2 loss to the perennial Western New England champion Bearcats. In a commanding 4-2 win over the Bearcats, the Big Green avenged last season’s loss and furthermore snapped a 17-year winless streak versus the Bearcats.

On Saturday, the girls in green took the field against a talented, fast, and strong Hotchkiss team.  Within the first minutes of the game, Hotchkiss took the ball down the field, threaded the defense, and earned a corner. Hotchkiss ultimately converted on that corner to take an early 1-0 lead. An instrumental time-out reminded the Big Green players that there were still 57 minutes left to play. Within a minute of the time-out, Deerfield had scored its first goal from Maggie Roche ’19 and the game was tied. Despite big plays on both ends, the score remained 1-1 at the half.  After two goals by Mimi Pastor ’19 and a penalty stroke by Meredith Heaney ’19, Deerfield was in the lead 4-1 in the second half.  Hotchkiss responded quickly from its own time-out with a goal of their own in our net making the tally 4-2 with 10 minutes left to play. The final minutes were tense as the ball was moved quickly from one end-line to the other, but as the clock ticked down the last seconds, Mimi Pastor ’19 had control of the ball on her stick in the Big Green’s offensive end and the DA girls knew they had the win!

Maddie Zavalick ’22, Meredith Heaney ’19, Hannah Roche ’21, and Sharon Kereke ’19 made big plays for the Big Green. The win was a team effort, and when “shout-outs” were made after the game was done, every player was mentioned.

WATCH HERE: Girls Varsity Field Hockey vs. Hotchkiss: DAHS vs Hkiss 9/22/2018

March 11, 2018 – Victoria Patterson Sets Record at the New Balance Indoor National Track & Field Championships

Spoiler Alert: Read the race recap below.

Victoria Patterson ‘20 smashed the 2 mile Deerfield school record and finished 13th in the 20th edition of the New Balance Indoor National Track and Field Championships which took place from March 9-11th at the New York Armory. Victoria finished the 2-mile race with a time of 10:50.94.  She now holds Deerfield records for the 1,500m, Mile, 3,000m, and 2 miles.

The New Balance Nationals Indoor meet welcomes more than 3,500 of the country’s best track and field student-athletes from 40+ states and Canadian provinces.

In the fall, Victoria helped the girls cross-country team cap off their historic undefeated season with a New England Prep School Championship title.  The team earned the title in impressive fashion.  For the first time since 2012, the top five girls on the Deerfield team were awarded All-New England honors.  Victoria paced the squad all season and earned 2nd place in the championship race.

Victoria simultaneously trained for both swimming and track this winter.  She competed with the JV swimming team, combined weight room sessions and running 25-40 miles per week, demonstrating her dedication to her craft.  These commitments balanced with Victoria’s pursuit of excellence in the classroom are an impressive feat.

Victoria will return to the Deerfield track today, April 14th for her third season of the academic year as the track and field team welcomes Andover and Taft to the Pioneer Valley for their first home meet of the season. The first event is scheduled to start at 3:45pm.  Good luck chasing this Big Green standout!

May 4, 2019 – Track & Field’s 4 x 100 M Relay Team Sets New School Record

Spoiler Alert: Read the meet recap here.

Deerfield’s boys varsity track & field 4 x 100 M relay team set a new school record in the event at their May 4th home tri-meet. The team of Ethan Chen ’20, Donnie Gray ’21, Cortland Dicks ’21, and Quinton Quirrenbach ’19 completed the relay in 43.73 seconds to ink their place in the record books.

The previous Deerfield record in the 4 x 100 M relay (43.83) was set by Tim Nolen, Kevin Dixon, Andy Nolen, and Andy Black in 2000.

The effort of the new record holders helped to propel the boys varsity track & field team to victory in last Saturday’s tri-meet against St. Paul’s and Choate. In addition to the victory in the 4 x 100 M relay event, the Big Green won nine other events at the meet including; the shot put, discus, high jump, 200 M, 400 M, 800 M, 1500 M, 3000 M, and the 300 M Hurdles.

Meet Event Winners:
Shot Put – Francis Dooley ’19
Discus – Jackson Selvala ’19
High Jump – Cortland Dicks ’21
200 M – Quinton Quirrenbach ’19
400 M – Quinton Quirrenbach ’19
800 M – Thomas Lyons ’21
1500 M – Ricardo Gonzalez ’19
3000 M – Ricardo Gonzalez ’19
300 M Hurdles – Alton Machen ’20

The Big Green team collectively amassed 100 points at the meet. Choate placed second with 47 points and St. Paul’s finished in third place with 33 points.

May 25, 2019 – Girls Rowing Second Boat Claims Gold at NEIRA Championships

Spoiler Alert: Read the race recap below.

Three Deerfield girls rowing boats earned grand final finishes in their respective boat races, propelling the team to a third place finish overall at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championships on Saturday, May 25 at Lake Quinsigamond located in Worcester, MA.

The girls first boat led by coxswain Jerilyn Zheng ’19, Morgane Dackiw ’19 at stroke, Melissa Mitrovic ’19 in the third seat, Kikka Guidici ’20 rowing second, and co-captain Bailyn Pritchett ’19 rowing at the bow, commandingly won their opening qualifying heat. With the qualifying heat win, the team earned their spot in the grand final race in the afternoon. In the grand final race, the Big Green crew lined up against crews from Nobles, Winsor, Groton, Choate and Greenwich. It was a tight race from the start. At the end, three boats took the lead – Deerfield, Nobles and Winsor. Ultimately, it was the Nobles crew who inched out the Big Green boat at the finish line by only a second.

In the girls second boat, the crew finished in first in their qualifying race, earning their place in the 2V grand final race. The crew including; coxswain Trisha Boonpongmanee ’20, Daisy Dundas ’21 at stroke, Katie Zaslaw ’19 rowed the third seat, Claire Cummings ’21 was in the third seat, and Valerie Hetherington ’19 was in the bow. In the grand final race, the Big Green faced off against crews from Nobles, Greenwich, Groton, Choate, Brooks, and Buckingham Browne & Nichols. The Big Green crew raced ferociously to the finish line, crossing the finish line at 6:22.970 to earn the bronze medal.

Jing He ‘21, Emma Johnson ‘21, Tory Hansen ‘21, Michelle Zimmermann ‘21 and Noelle Abeyta ’21 comprised the crew in Deerfield’s third boat at the NEIRA Championships. In the qualifying race, the boat finished third, edging their way into the six boat grand final race. The starting line of the 3V grand final included boats from St. Mark’s, Choate, Taft, Winsor, Nobles and Deerfield. It was a close race between all six boats. The Big Green crew raced to a sixth place finish in the grand final.

Deerfield’s fourth crew consisted of several rowing newcomers, Aerin Lo ’22 at coxswain, Willow Woodward ’22 at stroke, Lily Nottage ’22 in seat two and Angie Deboer ‘21 at stroke and veteran leader FJ Marsh ’19 in the second seat. This group cohesively stroked to a fourth place finish in their qualifying heat with a time of 6:10.776, just missing the qualification for the 4V grand final.

The Big Green team amassed 29 points overall from their finishes at the championship, placing the team in third place just behind Nobles (42 points) and Choate (33 points).

For complete NEIRA Championship results, click here.

With their impressive season record and silver medal at the NEIRA Championships, the Big Green first boat were invited to the upcoming 2019 US Rowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, FL at Nathan Benderson Park from June 6-9, 2019.

For more information on the National Championships, click here.

June 10, 2018 – Boys Rowing @ US Youth National – 1st Place for Second Consecutive Year

Spoiler Alert: Read the race recap below.

Yesterday, in the championship A final at the 2018 US Rowing Youth National Championships in Gold River, CA the boys varsity rowing team captured the gold medal in the men’s 4+ division.  It is the second time in as many years that Deerfield has captured this prestigious trophy, securing the title of the fastest 4+ youth boat in the country in back-to-back years.

Again this year, the boys rowing team captured the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships team title to further this season’s theme of back-to-back titles! Furthermore, the team collected additional hardware throughout the course of the regular season as they went undefeated in their five races leading up to the NEIRA Championships at the end of May.

In the two weeks between the NEIRA Championships and the National Championships, the Deerfield crew incorporated two new members (Phil Weymouth ’18 and Tommy Gilmore ’19 replaced Lachlan Cormie ’18 and Vanja Obradovic ’18, who, as post-graduates, are not eligible to race at the Youth National Championships).  Additionally, the crew adjusted to the added 500 meter distance (Nationals is raced over 2000 meters whereas crews race 1500 meters at the NEIRA Championships).

The Big Green crew which included Phil Weymouth ’18, Tommy Gilmore ’20, Henry Lowe ’19, Jimmy Patton ’20, and Henry Hayden ’18 earned their spot in the finals by winning the opening time trial on Friday morning.  They then won their semifinal heat on Saturday to secure their berth into the six-boat championship race.

In the championship race on Sunday, the boys rowed out to an early lead and never looked back.  The Deerfield crew gained an open water advantage over the other five boats in the field.  In the final 250 meters of the race, the boats from Belmont Hill and PNRA/Mercer made a push for the lead, but the Deerfield boys made a final push of their own to be the first boat to cross the finish line with a time of 6:43.475.  Fellow east coast crew Belmont Hill earned the silver medal crossing the finish line at 6:45.565.  Belmont Hill also captured the silver medal at the 2018 NEIRA Championships behind the Big Green crew.  PNRA/Mercer finished in third place, crossing the finish line at 6:45.964.

A huge congratulations to Phil Weymouth ’18, Tommy Gilmore ’20, Henry Lowe ’19, Jimmy Patton ’20, Henry Hayden ’18, and the coaches, Coach Washburn, Chapin and Morris on another epic season!

WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/6Ny4DOTiVQc

March 4, 2020 – Deerfield Divers Take Gold & Silver at 2020 Championship

Spoiler Alert: Read the recap of the girls and boys diving championships below.

Girls Varsity Diving – NEPSAC Diving Championship

Sydney Bluestein ’21 has claimed the title of New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Division I Diving Champion for the second time in her career at Deerfield.

Yesterday, at the DI Diving Championships hosted by Deerfield Academy Sydney amassed 446.35 points during the 11 dive championship competition, surpassing and breaking the pool record of 444.55 set in 2007 by diver, Duffey from Pingree. Deerfield’s Koch Pool 1-Meter Diving pool record now reads, Sydney Bluestein ’21 446.35 (2020). Congratulations, Sydney!

Podium finishes at the NEPSAC Diving Championship are familiar territory for Sydney; she first captured the New England Diving title in 2018 and was the runner up in 2019.

The final seeding yesterday all came down to the final dive and it proved to be the lucky number eleven dive for Sydney. Only .3 points separated Sydney and second place Annie Bingle from Greenwich Academy (446.05), marking perhaps the closest point differential in the history of the NEPSAA DI Diving Championship.

All Deerfield divers placed during the competition, Laurent Mitchell ’22 earned a tenth place finish, Mady Sofer ’20 placed 16th and Morgan Clough ’20 was 29th overall.

With all of these top finishes, the Deerfield girl divers compiled 28 points which will go towards their team total for the upcoming Swimming Championship hosted this weekend at the Hotchkiss School. Currently, the Deerfield girls swimming and diving team are tied for second place with Suffield Academy entering the final meet. Greenwich Academy leads with 33 points.

Congratulations to the Deerfield divers on a great season and good luck to the Big Green swimmers this weekend!

Boys Varsity Diving – NEPSAC Diving Championship

Senior co-captain Teddy McCarthy ’20 captured the silver medal at the 2020 NEPSAC Division I Diving Championships yesterday at Deerfield’s Koch Natatorium.

In the 11 dive championship competition, Teddy paced the Deerfield divers, amassing 431.85 points en route to his second place finish. This is the second time in his career that Teddy has collected a silver medal at the championship. Last season, he established his new personal best finish at the championship meet in second place.

Deerfield’s Harry Niles finished in ninth place (263.85), improving three spots from his 12th place finish in 2019. Peter Osbourne placed 15th (189.50) and Mark Chung was 17th overall (137.65).

Heading into the final meet of the season – the NEPSAC DI Championship – this weekend at the Hotchkiss school, the boys swimming and diving team enter the meet in third place with 28 points amassed at the diving championship.

Boys Results:
Teddy McCarthy – 2nd (431.85)
Harry Niles – 9th (263.85)
Peter Osbourne – 15th (189.50)
Mark Chung – 17th (137.65)

For the complete, NEPSSA DI Championship results visit the NEPSSA Championship website.

Congratulations to the Deerfield divers on a great season and good luck to the Big Green swimmers this weekend!

WATCH HERE: NEPSAC BOYS: https://vimeo.com/397170687/ceb2e2c603 & NESPAC GIRLS: https://vimeo.com/397172888/770d51f868

Go Big Green!