Last week was huge for Harker sports, with the boys swimming team, girls swimming team, varsity boys tennis team, junior varsity boys tennis team, varsity boys volleyball team and boys golf team all undefeated, and the boys golf team and freshman runner Niki Iyer both setting new school records! Let’s dive in!
The boys and girls swim teams have had three meets apiece this year – to the tune of a combined six wins and no losses. That’s right. Zero. Nada. Zilch. After each beating Pinewood, Priory and Crystal Springs in the friendly confines of the Singh Aquatic Center, the teams can celebrate a dominant start to the year. On Wednesday, the girls will test their undefeated record, facing Notre Dame, Castilleja and Mercy.
Also undefeated last week were the varsity and junior varsity boys tennis teams. Varsity beat Priory, Kings and Pinewood, while the junior varsity team trumped Kings, St. Lawrence and Kehillah. Both teams face Crystal Springs today!
But wait! There’s more! The varsity boys volleyball team is undefeated, too! Their streak is just at one, however, as they crushed Westmont in their season opener last week in three straight games. Senior Andrew Zhu lead the team with 14 kills and junior Shiki Dixit added 10.
Are you sensing a theme here? The boys golf team started its season off hot as well, beating Crystal Springs twice and adding a victory against Kings Academy. But Harker’s golfers are not just winning, they are also winning in style: the Eagles shot a par 180 as a team, beating a school record set in 2012 by six strokes! In all three matches, junior Shrish Dwivedi earned medalist honors. Sophomore Dakota McNealy and freshman Avi Khemani carded one under par 35’s against Crystal as well. The Eagles are in first place in the WBAL with a 3-0 record in league.
Track and Field:
The track and field season has only just begun, but freshman Niki Iyer has already set her second school record of 2014, placing second in the 800m run with a time of 2:21:21. Freshman Winnie Li set three personal bests, breaking her previous marks in the 100m, 100m hurdles and long jump. Also setting personal bests were sophomore Calvin Kocienda and freshman Davis Dunaway, who ran great times in the 65m high hurdles. Senior Claudia Tischler took 10 seconds off her season best in the mile run. This Saturday, the team heads to Soquel High School to compete in the Garlic Classic!
The varsity girls defeated Santa Catalina last Wednesday, earning their first victory of the season. Junior Hannah Bollar scored six goals, senior Mary Liu recorded a personal high of five goals and junior Allison Kiang made three goals. Senior Mabel Luo contributed with two goals and senior defender Alicia Clark scored her first goal of the season. Already this season, the team has made dramatic strides. They play Burlingame at home tonight!
Softball lost to Pinewood on Friday despite great defensive plays from sophomore Kavya Ramakrishnan, sophomore Tong Wu, junior Serena Wang and freshman Melinda Wisdom. Sophomore Alisa Wakita, junior Briana Liang, junior Sonali Netke, junior Vivian Isenberg, Ramakrishnan and Wu all had hits as well. The girls host Del Mar Wednesday at Blackford.
The team lost to Crystal Springs last week. Junior David Lin, and freshmen Nicolas Bean and Kedar Gupta all had hits. The boys host Pinewood at home on Thursday.