EA winter athletic teams have marked several milestones so far this season. Brief recaps on each team are below.
Girls' Basketball- (6-14) There has been a good amount of transition through out the girls' basketball season, with freshman and sophomores seeing healthy amounts of playing time and starting positions. Playing a solid schedule has left little room for error in non-league and in the Inter- Ac, where the team is currently 4-3. Freshman Amanda Purcell was an early leader in scoring and one of the top three-point shooters in the county before suffering an early January injury that has her sidelined. The team is going through the second half of the InterAc schedule, with the goal being a winning record in the Inter-Ac.
Boys' Basketball- (10-11) Matt Dade '19 and Alex Capitano '20 each each earned the rare distinction of scoring 1,000 points. The team has notched wins against Germantown Academy, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and Penn Charter. Non-league wins include: The Hill School, The Peddie School, Lincoln, and Academy Park. In December, The Churchmen were 2-1 in The Hill School Tournament. "Despite some injuries, the kids are working hard and doing their best," said Head Coach Craig Conlin.
Ice Hockey- (2-6-1) The ice hockey team has two big wins on the season with the most recent against Academy of the New Church (6-2). In early January, the team played The Haverford School at The Wells Fargo Center after the Flyers Game. That game ended in a 1-1 tie. Later in the month, the teams met again where EA prevailed with a satisfying 5-1 win.
Boys' Squash- (6-1) The biggest highlight to date was a 6-3 win over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The team is looking forward to the High School National and MASA Tournaments.
Girls' Squash- (4-2) The team had an excellent 6-3 match win against the Lawrenceville School in January. The top four and bottom two players won. The win allowed the team to move up in the High School Nationals seedings to #5-8. Another highlight has been the excellent play of the varsity #10-#13 players who have had to step up for many matches due to injury of higher players. All 13 varsity girls have played in varsity competitions and done very well. "We are fortunate to have five seniors who are excellent team players, supportive of all and leading by example with their commitment and focus," said Head Coach Demer Holleran.
Boys' and Girls' Swimming & Diving- The boys' team won the Inter-Ac Championship for the first time in 49 years. Throughout the season there have been several personal, pool, and school records. The boys' and girls' teams produced strong results at the Inter-Ac schools championship meet. The girls' team finished second in the league. The boys have broken 9 EA pool records – 7 EA School records and – 2 offsite pool records and 2 Delco records. From the boards to the blocks, this team pulls together every step of the way. At the Inter-Ac Championship meet, divers placed 2nd (Vlad Puskovitch) – 3rd (Will Hopkins) and 6th (Declan Doherty) overall. In the swimming events, Episcopal was amazing from start to finish. As the team heads into the final push, they set their sights on Easterns. This team has put the EA Boys' team back on the map locally and nationally. The team currently has 21 Top 50 rankings in the state and appear in every event including diving. On the girls' side, the upperclassman have helped lead the team to a successful six and and season. While the team came up one point short in a hard fought battle to Penn Charter, they were able to regain focus and finish the dual meet season strong with wins against Baldwin and Germantown Academy. These wins catapulted the team into the Inter-Ac Championship meet where they were able to secure the number one spot. The EA girls currently have 15 Top 50 rankings in the state including diving.
Girls' Track- The girls' team has been off and running all season. Senior captain Caitlin Jorgensen is ranked in DELCO TOP 5 in the 1000m, Mile, and 3000m. She won the Franklin & Marshall Invite #2 mile event and took silver in the DELCO Championships- 3000m event. The Distance Medley Relay (Caitlin Jorgensen, Lauren Gage '22, Devon Whitaker '20, Jill McEntee '21) won the DELCO Championships DMR and is ranked in PA (#9).
Boys' Track & Field- Six members of the team have qualified for the Meet of Champions. Pole Vault-Peter Lim '21, Mile -Owen Maier '20, 200-Jack Bush '19, 400-Chris Zimmerman '19. The 4 x 200 Relay is undefeated and also qualified for the Meet of Champions. (CJ Jones '22, Chris Zimmerman '19, Bryce Cooper '22, Jack Bush '19.) Over three meets, EA student-athletes have medalled in seven different events.
Wrestling- (9-5) With a team dual meet record of 9-5, the season highlights include several dramatic comeback wins over perennial Friends League champs Westtown School and Kiski Prep from Pittsburgh. In December, Junior Fred Greene and Freshman Flynn Kearney placed 2nd and 1st respectively at the Radnor Holiday Invitational. Over the holiday break six EA wrestlers traveled to Atlanta to compete in the prestigious Prep Slam hosted by Holy Innocent Episcopal School where Captain Alex Bendinelli placed fourth and junior Paul McLaughlin placed fifth.