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Spring Varsity Athletics Recap
Posted 05/20/2016 02:00PM

Varsity Golf

Head Coach: Todd Matthew

Awards

Coach’s Award: Alejandro Capdevielle ’17
Most Improved Player: Zainab Qureshi ’17
Most Valuable Player: Sara Posada ’16

Season Recap

The TASIS Varsity Golf team was anchored by senior captain Sara Posada, who led the team to a second-place Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) finish in Gruyere and third-place finish at the Europeans Sports Conference (ESC) Championship in Paris. The weather for the latter tournament was akin to northern Scotland in fall rather than Paris in spring, but the Tigers were focused and managed to play quite well despite the cold temperatures, high winds, and sporadic rain. Posada also managed to bring home the girls' tournament MVP by scoring 41 points using the Stableford scoring system. Impressive play by Alejandro Capdevielle ’17 and Middle School students Christian Riis and William Stanford helped the team secure third place, narrowly missing second place by just five points.

“Next year the team will be much younger as our three Middle School students will be the youthful backbone of the TASIS Tigers Varsity Golf team,” said Coach Todd Matthew. “Fortunately they are skilled and ready to meet the challenge head-on.”

Varsity Tennis

Head Coach: Peter Locke

Awards

Coach’s Award: Carmen Alban ’16
Most Improved Player: Alessandra Ponzone ’17
Most Valuable Player: Nadir Timerbaev ’19

Season Recap

The TASIS Varsity Tennis Team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in quite some time. A few talented new young players, Nadir Timerbaev '19 and Arina Kolesnikova '18 in particular, added much to a strong returning core of Captain Carmen Alban '16, Morsal Amanuddin '16, Ivan Ubovic '16, Kirill Krupenin '17, and Asja Zinato '17. Overall on the season the TASIS tennis team won 48 matches against 24 losses. Highlights included a strong performance at the Zurich cluster at the end of April where the team went a combined 12-4 and multiple SGIS Championships in Leysin in May. Arina Kolesnikova '18 and Carmen Alban '16 dispatched the field handily in winning their flight, while Kolesnikova '18 combined with Nadir Timerbaev '19 to win the mixed doubles title. Finishing in second place in the boys doubles bracket was Timerbaev '19 and Kirill Krupenin '17.

TASIS has enjoyed a good run of success over the past few years, and Coach Peter Locke offered “special thanks to Assistant Coach Stephen Moon and to our many wonderful seniors departing this year: Carmen Alban, Morsal Amanuddin, Ayhan Bezmez, and Ivan Ubovic.” The Tigers will look to continue their run with another strong returning group in 2017.

Varsity Boys Lacrosse

Head Coach: Eric Walser

Awards

Coach’s Award: Theo Blank ’18
Most Improved Player: Alois de Bruin ’16
Most Improved Player: Gabriel Mesquita ’18
Most Valuable Player: Anthony Banez ’16

Season Recap

The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team played fewer games than normal due to scheduling conflicts, but the Tigers displayed a lot of heart in their lone tournament of the season, coming from behind to tie the American School of Milan 7-7 before falling to a very strong Swiss U19 team. Coach Eric Walser singled out the play of Greg Alexander '18, Hugo Rourke ‘17, and “heart of the team, goalie, and MVP” Anthony Banez '16 while also noting that Alois de Bruin '16 and Gabriel Mesquita '18 earned the co-Most Improved Player award by making a concerted effort to learn the sport this season.

Walser also offered special thanks to assistant coach Thomas Joyce—who “was at every practice rain or shine, dealt with numerous equipment repairs, lined fields and strung nets, and even suited up at practice when needed”—and to KC McKee, who helped out when needed and refereed the team’s games.

Varsity Track and Field

Head Coach: Sonny Lim

Awards

Coach’s Awards: Laura Vecoli ’17 and Lee Hankeyoul ’18
Most Improved Players: Anna Mizintseva ’18 and Nicola Barbieri ’18
Most Valuable Players: Molly Hercules ’16 and Antonella Piconi ’16

Season Recap

The highlight of the Varsity Track and Field season came when TASIS hosted the ESC Track and Field Championship, where the Tigers finished an impressive second out of six teams. Antonella Piconi ’16 established a new ESC record on her way to a win in the 800-meter run (2.41:10) and also emerged victorious in the 1500-meter run. Anna Mizintseva ’18 won both the discus and the shot put, which she tossed 9.79 meters to set a new ESC mark. Molly Hercules ’16 jumped a personal-best 4.27 meter to win the long jump. Also reaching the podium in at least one event for Coach Greg Birk’s Tigers were Nick Barbieri ’16, Elyana Ramos ’16, Greta Appollonia ’16, Zoe Ghilardi ’16, Laura Vecoli ’17, Mauricio Talayero '18, Raffaella Barros '19, Ethan Fredericksen '17, and Can Basaran ’16.

The Tigers also tested themselves against the best international schools in the SGIS at the International School of Geneva in late April. The Varsity Girls team was particularly strong, placing third out of nine teams. Piconi and Hercules both scored in every event they entered, providing more than half of the team's score. Piconi ran a personal best in the 800-meter run (2:32.06) and anchored the 4x400-meter relay while Mizintseva out threw the competition in the shot put and also brought back a silver medal in the discus. Other personal bests came from Barbieri (57.32) and Lee Hankeyoul '18  (57.73) in the 400-meter run and from Barbieri in the discus (28.69 meter).

TASIS Hosts European Sports Conference Spring Annual General Meeting

One additional highlight from the spring season was related to the Athletic Program as a whole. On May 9, TASIS Athletic Director Sonny Lim had the honor of hosting athletic directors from Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland as TASIS hosted the European Sports Conference Spring Annual General Meeting for the first time.

The group of Athletic Directors (AD) worked collaboratively to plan out next year's tournament calendar, updated the ESC Handbook, clarified rules and procedures, nominated and confirmed new leadership positions within the Executive Committee, voted and confirmed full membership to the St. Julian's School in Portugal and the International School of Paris, and extended Trial Membership status for the American School in Valencia and Benjamin Franklin International School Barcelona.

“It was a pleasure to host these visiting ADs, as we were able to not only share the beauty within Lugano, but also within our own campus,” said Lim, who has guided the TASIS Athletic Program since the fall of 2012. “Each AD was impressed with the balanced programs that we offer at TASIS and how our program has grown and matured in the past four years. Since their visit, many of the ADs have gone back to their schools to share how athletics can help and strengthen their school's overall profile, just as we have done here at TASIS.”

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