Boys’ rugby played JIS for their first game on the last day. Eagles lost 15-19. Their final game would determine their spot for third or fourth place.
“This was a really tough game for us, as a lot of the swing factors didn’t go in our favor. However, it was a really good lesson in athletics. You can’t win all your games, and you can’t expect to get lucky every time. There was no shame or regrets after the game, because we played how we should have,” captain Jeremy Seow said.
Later in the afternoon, the boys played ISM and won 17-10.
“ISM played dirty in our first match on day one against them so it was exciting to go up against them for our last game and even more exciting when we won,” said senior Michael Mcclearn.
The boys may have lost a lot of experienced players from the year before, but they put up a good fight.
“I think that we gave it our all! There are always things that are out of our control (refs, other teams, the weather) but everything that we could control, we did to the best of our abilities. I couldn’t really ask for anything more out of our team,” said senior Ian Stuart.
“It was a really scrappy game, but we came in guns blazing and showed the tournament that the first game was a fluke. We wanted there to be an asterisk next to the IASAS winners because we knew we deserved a shot at the gold,” Seow added.
The boys came in third place overall in the tournament.
The girls played ISM for the round robin in the morning and tied 2-2. Up until this point, our girls remained undefeated throughout the entire tournament.
Later in the afternoon they played ISM again and lost 1-0.
“I think that our IASAS games were the best we had all season. We went undefeated until the last match, where we lost in a very close championship game that just had an unlucky outcome,” said senior Abbo Nathan.
The girls came in second place overall in the tournament.
The swimmers started the day off sending four girls into the finals for the 400 freestyle. Both junior Kaitlyn Ritchey and freshman Meagan Clark made it to the podium placing second and third with times of 4:31.62 and 4:40.52. Freshman Sarah Choi came in fifth and senior Elizabeth High came in eighth.
Sophomore Hadley Ackerman swam a time of 1:05.78 in the prelims, earning her a silver in the 100 butterfly. Hadley was also voted “Hottest female at IASAS” for the IASAS superlatives. Senior Mackenzie Hirsch also made it to finals, coming in seventh place.
The girls earned additional points in the 50 freestyle. Freshman Sydney Brown came in second place with a time of 27.15 and junior Serra Erdamar came in third place with a time of 27.85. Freshman Meagan Clark came in sixth place and senior Elizabeth High came in eighth place.
The girls’ 4 by 100 freestyle relay, with juniors Caitlin Loi, Kaitlyn Ritchey, and Serra Erdamar and freshman Sydney Brown, came in first place, breaking the IASAS record with a time of 4:00.00.
Day 3 was the boys’ team’s last chance to make one final push to distance themselves from TAS in terms of points.
Coming in first place, senior Kenny Liu swam a time of 4:05.24 in the 400 freestyle. Sophomore Zachary Goldwax came in fifth place.
The boys also earned many points in the 100 butterfly, sending three boys, seniors Frankie Hearne and Sunhong Cheng and freshman Joe Oh to the finals. The boys placed sixth, seventh, and eighth.
Senior Kenny Liu’s 200 backstroke time of 2:07.64 not only earned him the gold medal, but was also the new IASAS record.
Liu had been planning on breaking the record since he first moved to SAS in 2013, but missed the record by a second in the previous IASAS. He began a new training schedule, waking up at 5:30 a.m. for morning practice and returning to the pool again at 4:00 p.m. for afternoon practice.
“It’s true,” he said, “hard work does pay off, as long as you’re willing to put the blood, sweat, and tears into it to achieve what you want.”
Liu knew that once he was at IASAS he he could only trust that his training would pay off. He added, “there was nothing I could do to boost my chances at this point. So I did what anybody else would have done: swam like hell and put everything into it.”
Sophomore Liam Blair came in second place with a time of 2:14.05, and junior Kevin Clydesdale and sophomore Vincent Liu came in fourth and fifth place.
In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Zachary Goldwax was placed second going into finals, but swam a time of 24.42, earning him the gold medal.
“The other guys were ahead of me at the 25 mark and I really thought I wasn’t going to win, but I had a really good flip turn and got ahead of them. When I touched the wall and saw the score board, all I could think was ‘what the heck,’” Goldwax said with a grin. Freshman Joe Oh came in seventh place.
The boys 4 by 100 freestyle relay team, with senior Sunhong Cheng, sophomores Vincent Liu and Liam Blair and freshman Joe Oh, was seeded fifth place going into the race but finished in third place with a time of 3:50.64.
In the final total points count, the girls came in first place finishing with 723 points, 243 points ahead of ISB, who came in second. The boys similarly finished in first place with 569 points, just 48 points ahead of TAS.
Captain Kenny Liu reflected, “many seniors graduated last year so we had a lot of incoming freshmen and IASAS rookies make the team this year. The seniors that graduated scored high points at IASAS last year so the initial attitude was that our boys wouldn’t be bringing home the gold this season. But I was proven wrong. The boys showed the other IASAS schools that just because we had eight seniors leave, we aren’t weak. The boys rose to the challenge and completely demolished the competition.”
The high point contributors were on the girls’ team were sophomore Hadley Ackerman (66), freshman Sydney Brown (63), junior Caitlin Loi (63), and junior Kaitlyn Ritchey (60).
The high point contributors on the boys’ team were senior Kenny Liu (70), junior Kevin Clydesdale (61), sophomore Zachary Goldwax (60), and sophomore Vincent Liu (55).
Check out the IASAS website for more photos.
Day 1 photos: http://inside.isb.ac.th/iasas/day-1-photos/
Day 2 photos: http://inside.isb.ac.th/iasas/day-2-photos/
Day 3 photos: http://inside.isb.ac.th/iasas/day-3-photos/
Be sure to check out Mr. Seow’s flickr for more day 3 rugby and touch photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/richseow/sets/72157650501948326/