The fall season is winding down this week after a season’s worth of growth and teambuilding among our Gaynor athletes. The volleyball team finished in sixth place, and soccer finished in fifth place in the American International Private School League (AIPSL), and will continue with non-league play next week.
The White/Flex Soccer Squad played their first outdoor game of the season against Cathedral on the turf at Randall’s Island, ending in a 1-4 loss for the Gators. Later in the week, the White/Flex Squad showed their flexibility when their outdoor game was cancelled and moved to the Field House. The coaches of Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan Country School, and Gaynor worked out a set of round-robin games to ensure all three teams could play. The Gators defeated RSS 3-2, but fell to MCS 0-1. Unfortunately, the game for Green Squad was rained out on Monday.
According to Cross Country Coach Caitlin Kearney, “The goal for the cross country runners this week was to reach or beat individual personal records and the Gators were able to rise to the challenge.” Bradley Silver shaved 1:30 off his time coming in at 14:26. Calvin Hills and Chace Roebling continued to be the top Gaynor boys finishers while Daniel Lioudis was able to climb the ranks coming in third out of the Gaynor boys, trailed by Gaynor’s fourth-place finisher Teddy Krimendahl by only one second. Coach Kearney said, “Julian Knopf works tremendously hard improving his time by at least 30 seconds each week. Zoe Nussbaum ran the 1.5-mile course in 13:46 beating her personal best by 2 minutes and 30 seconds and was the third Gaynor girl to cross the finish line, followed closely by Madeline Bender who crossed the line less than a second after Zoe. Cassie Ball also beat her personal best by almost 1 minute and 30 seconds. Halle Maanavi and Liv Olesen maintained great paces coming in as the top 2 Gaynor girls.”
A combined volleyball squad worked hard, but ended with a 0-3 loss to IDEAL School, falling 10-25, 13-25, and 12-15 in three rounds.