Abbey Sports: Sucsy qualifies for nationals, swimmers shine


Abbey wrestlers Rasaanh Matra and Robert Sucsy both qualified for last weekend's New Englands tournament.  Matra lost two hard fought matches and was eliminated in the first day of competition.  Robert Sucsy wrestled well for both days and ended up placing 4th.  He qualified for nationals.

• Portsmouth Abbey boy swimmers scored 168 points to finish first out of four schools ahead of runner-up PCD/Wheeler (115 points) in the fifth annual Providence Cup Invitational Saturday at Roger William University. This was the second year in a row that the boys were crowned champions. Winning an individual event for the Ravens was Captain Chris Soriano (100 free 54.16). Swimming on the winning 200 free relay (1:42.64) was the team of Bailey Raposa-Archibald, Charlie Ramsden, Steve Foster, and Chris Soriano. Swimming personal best times were Peter Barlow, Chris Chow, Nick DeLieto, Steve Foster, Alex Guo, Jake Kim, Thomas Knoepffler, Sean McDonough, Zach Pray, Ryan Quinn, Charlie Ramsden, Bailey Raposa-Archibald, Jeremy Slupski, Chris Soriano, and Tim Tsung.

• Eleven Abbey girl swimmers produced an outstanding team effort to win their fourth consecutive victory at the fifth annual Providence Cup Invitational Saturday at Roger Williams University. The Raven girls scored 125.5 points followed by runner-up Williams School (109 points). Winning individual events for the Abbey was Maggie O?Donnell (200 Free 2:11.90 and 500 Free 5:59.80). The Raven girls also won the 200 Free Relay (2:02.53). They were Laura Baudet, Matison Leand, Brooke Kazama, and Maggie O?Donnell. The six lady Ravens who swam personal best times were Laura Baudet, Ellie Deutermann, Dorothy Dickmann, Jeannine McGuire, Natalie Mistikawy, and Julia Slupska.

• The boys basketball team played well offensively but struggled to get stops and rebound against in an 81-61 loss to Lexington Christian Academy. Sev St. Claire and Fletcher Bonin led the Abbey front court with a combined 29 points. Sean Knowlan added 10 points and Keith Edwards did a nice job directing the offense. The team will finish the regular season this coming Wednesday at home against Beaver Country Day.

• The girls hockey team beat Beaver Country Da 6-1 Friday. Maddy McCann scored 3 goals and an assist, Kristine McNulty scored 2 goals, Lauren Tuite got a goal, and Sally Hoerr had 2 assists.

• The boys basketball team defeated Landmark School 57-47 at home last week.. Fletcher Bonin led the way with 23 points. Coleman Clark added 12 points and Sean Knowlan scored 9 points.

• The Portsmouth Abbey girls swimming team fell to Winsor School 84-74. Maggie O'Donnell led the Ravens by winning two individual events (200 free 2:11.77 and 500 free 5:56.70). Also winning an individual event was Susana Marino-Johnson (100 fly 1:10.63).

• The girls basketball team played their final home game of the season and celebrated three seniors - Ann Gallagher, Kelley Oliveira and Rachael Powers.  St. Andrew's jumped out to the early lead and held a 10-1 lead in the first half.  But the Ravens slowly chipped away at the lead and, after Caitlin Burke scored the final two buckets of the half, they trailed 18-16 at halftime. The Abbey played strong defense and combined for 10 steals.  Ann Gallagher played an excellent game, scoring 10 points, handing out 3 assists, grabbing 5 rebounds, and stealing the ball twice.  Caitlin Burke scored 6 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.  She also had 3 assists and 1 blocked shot.  Ayanna Sommers also scored 6 points.  She was aggressive on the boards and finished with 13 rebounds and 2 steals.  She also had 3 blocked shots.  Kelley Oliveira was 1/2 from the foul line and had 5 rebounds.  Rachael Powers scored 4 points and had 3 rebounds.  Tori Costa finished with 4 rebounds.  Amberlee Majewski handed out 2 assists and stole the ball twice.

• The Portsmouth Abbey Boys' Varsity squash team lost to Tabor Academy 7-0, despite strong matches by Andrew Lowis, Toby Yun, and Ander Guerenabarrena.



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