On March 1st, 2020. S2 will celebrate its first birthday, since the evolution from Scozzie Squash. Gold Nationals 2019 was one of our first events and we celebrated as 16 S2ozzies qualified for the most prestigious event in the country. Evaluating the event, we had a 2020 vision and set a new goal – 25% increase for Gold Nationals next season. On Wednesday at 12pm, registration closed and it was judgement time….
We did it!!! For the first time in 4 years, we had over 20 qualify for Golds! A huge congratulations to everyone, all your hard work, efforts and perseverance paid off. Incredibly, we had 7 U13 boys and 5 U17 Girls breaking records in each of those divisions. 3 weeks of preparations to go, we can’t wait see what this years group can achieve. Stay tuned for each individuals success story, which will be published in the coming weeks.
High School Nationals and CSA Women’s Championships
This past weekend brought one of the biggest and busiest weekends on the US Squash Calendar 2020 to CT. The High School Nationals has over 1500+ participants (despite limiting each school to 1 team entry this season) to retain its title as the biggest squash tournament in the world. From 1500 participants, S2 had over 35 players representing 20 teams from across PA.
Across the 7 divisions, Division 1 Has the historic Justi Cup to play for. Huge shoutout to EA Boys for upsetting their seeding to finish 2nd in the Nation. All the top 5 (Shaam, Tom,
Sameer, Nikhil and Tom) were seniors and have been S2 members for a combined total of 25 years between them! Haverford A won 3rd and the Bronze medal and likewise had a 9 year S2ozzie original captaining the team and playing #1. Well done to Christian, Matt and Mitav for 3rd place! Also congratulations to Malvern on winning D6, the only PA Champions across the 13 Divisions!
In the Girls Division 1 (Potter Cup), huge well done to Agnes Irwin for reaching the final and Baldwin for winning 3rd and the Bronze medal. Like EA, 5 of the 7 Baldwin team were S2 players, well done Meghna, Devon, Theresa, Aleezah and Christa. Finally well done to the EA girls on 6th, as Caroline, Anika, Maya and Shivani played pivotal roles over the weekend!
Saving the best until last – S2ozzie icon and JCT record holder for number of wins, Elle Ruggiero had another memorable weekend. This time with a Princeton shirt on, rather than S2, Elle played #1 for Princeton at the CSA Nationals and led the Tigers to a National Championship final and brought them to face Harvard in the Howe Cup final. Harvard proved too strong in the final to defeat them 6-1, but what an inspirational effort from Elle, playing 1 in only her Sophomore Year! Another highlight of the weekend came in the quarter finals, as she defeated the 93 ranked player in the World (who currently attends and plays #1 for Drexel). So proud of you Elle, looking forward to seeing you back over Spring Break! Well done also to Virginia, Amherst, Connecticut and Northeastern for winning Divisional National titles and the 18 S2ozzie Alumni who competed for their respective colleges.