By Zack Martin '18
Swimming: STA Aquatics has performed acceptably throughout the season thus far, but has faced some team issues that have affected the morale of the squad. However, the squad is still strong and sits in a familiar spot right behind Georgetown Prep headed into IAC Championships week. Look for the Dogs to finish as a Top 2 IAC team, and have a competitive chance at bringing home a banner to the Mount. Prep and team spirit are the most significant obstacles in their way.
Wrestling: Wrestling has had success up this point, but took a disappointing team defeat to Landon last Friday, a match that held significant weight in determining the IAC regular season champion. The Dogs already have wins over St. Stephens & St. Agnes and Episcopal, and have to take on Bullis and Georgetown Prep to round out IAC play. I see Landon taking the regular season title, but the Dogs will come back for revenge and bring home a banner in the IAC Tournament.
Hockey: Hockey is currently tied for 2nd place in the MAPHL standings with several other teams, and is 3rd in the IAC behind Georgetown Prep and Landon. The Dogs have struggled a bit the past few weeks, but with a recent win against Bullis, they look to go into their game on Friday, January 26 at Landon with an optimistic and competitive mindset. Prep beat STA but lost to Landon, so a win on Friday would give the Dogs an even standing in IAC play and a better chance at a regular season banner. I expect them to head into the IAC tournament in early February as a top 3 seed and to make it to the IAC Championship Game.
Basketball: Basketball has shown signs of competing against top teams, with a win over Sidwell and a competitive OT loss to St. Stephens & St. Agnes (who beat Bullis). However, a rough loss to Bullis last week showed STA may not be able to bring home a banner in IAC regular season play. Although they have been inconsistent, I believe the Dogs will turn it around in late January and make a run to the IAC Semifinals in early February.