The 2022 U.S. High School Championships–the world’s largest squash tournament–culminated with two dramatic 4-3 finals as the Kent School dethroned three-time defending champions Brunswick to earn the program’s first boys national title, while Greenwich Academy edged Baldwin to extend their national title streak to six Sunday, February 28, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.
169 teams contested the seventeenth High School Nationals at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Penn Squash Center, Episcopal Academy, Germantown Cricket Club and Berwyn Squash & Fitness. The eleven divisional champions represented seven states–Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
For all results visit the High School Nationals tournament page. Tournament photography will be available in the coming days on the US Squash Smugmug page.
The division one finals came down to the wire on both ends of the Specter Center and were a testament to team squash with the boys final decided by the No. 1’s, and the girls final decided by the No. 7’s.
The Kent School (Connecticut) will be the seventh different school engraved on the Justi Cup after fulfilling their top seeding in the program’s first national final.
Frederico Sosa, Hollis Robertson and Lachlan Sutton provided wins in the 3-5 positions to put the lions one win away from clinching the title. With the score level at 3-all, the No. 1’s David Costales and Brunsick’s Tad Carney decided the title in front of a packed gallery on the west glass court. Costales went on to clinch the title 12-10, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5 in fifty-seven minutes.
“It feels amazing to win our first title,” said Nikhil Seth, Kent head coach. “This has been a huge work in progress and a long season, and has been a few years in the making. It’s been nice that we were able to have a full season this year. Today’s match was the culmination of a lot of hard work. Credit to the boys for fighting hard and beating Brunswick four times this year, which no one’s done. Each match was incredibly close and well fought by both sides. Credit to all of the Brunswick players as well, all of them played their hardest and are incredible competitors, and it was great squash to watch, which is the best part of it. Credit to all of our boys from number twelve all the way up to one, it was a team effort. It’s been an amazing weekend, this is a huge tournament and a lot goes into it and we’re so happy it’s back.”
(Complete article by US SQUASH)
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- Kent School News