Over the first three days in February, both the St. Mark's boys' and girls' varsity squash teams competed in the 2019 HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships. It is the world's largest squash tournament with more than 1,400 players—more than 200 seven-person teams competing across 14 draws—Boys' Divisions 1-8 and Girls' Divisions 1-6. Six venues in and around Hartford, Connecticut hosted the tournament.
The two St. Mark's teams, playing at Loomis –Chaffee, both went 3-1 over the weekend, falling only in the championship finals, and thus securing second place titles in their respective divisions.
The St. Mark's girls defeated St. Paul's School for Girls and the Roland Park Country School (both from Maryland), and then made it into the finals with a 5-2 victory over New York's Horace Mann School. In the championship matchup, the Lions fell to the Greenwich Girls Club 2-5, coming in second in the nation in Division IV. Head coach Michelle Killeen and assistant coach Matt Eddy saw the team's overall record climb to 10-5, breaking the record for wins in a season set by last year's team, with six contests and the 66th Annual New England Interscholastic Squash Championships remaining.
The St. Mark's boys' team defeated teams from Shipley (Philadelphia), Belmont Hill (Massachusetts), and St. Andrews (Delaware), before losing a close one to the Conestoga B team in the finals, also securing them a second place finish in Division V. Captain Eduardo Perez '19 was undefeated in the tournament. Guided by longtime head coach Dan Shartin, the St. Mark's boys are now 10-3 overall, with five contests and the New Englands still to play on their schedule.
Congratulations to these two talented St. Mark's squash contingents!