Poly fencing started their season bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5:30 a.m. as they packed up and prepared for their first competition at the College of the Desert last Saturday. The team did very well, even going beyond team goals and expectations in only the first event of the season. Coach Laura Holmgren notes, “the fencers impressed the coaching staff with individual improvement; virtually every bout featured some textbook, beautiful touches and personal improvement. Whether it was the execution of a gorgeous disengage parry riposte by Carrie Hashimoto or a lightning-fast beat attack by Theo Fernandez, everyone scored at least a few 'perfect' touches, regardless of final bout outcome. This improvement bodes well for the future as the relatively young team gains more competitive experience.” Annette Lee ’19 finished with Poly’s highest result, placing sixth overall. This is a strong start for the team and gives them momentum as they travel to Gryphon Fencing Studio for a USFA E and Under Foil open event this Saturday.
The Poly girls tennis team has shown their strength and experience early in the season, having graduated only one senior last year. Tuesday they hosted Milken Community High School and handedly beat them 16-2. This win was just days after another dominant victory over Maranatha the previous Friday, defeating the Minutemen 15-3. The Panthers will go into Prep League play with a record of 3-1. Their one loss was against the reigning CIF-SS Division 3 champions, Temple City High School. Poly looks to extend their winning streak as they host the Tigers from Westridge School at Caltech at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. Visit the Athletic Calendar for details and to see their full schedule.
Poly's girls golf team returned to the course this week, playing back-to-back matches against La Salle High School on Tuesday and faced Westridge in their first league match on Wednesday. The girls are returning after a very successful season last year. Having graduated two key seniors, the team had large shoes to fill. This week, they started strong beating both opponents soundly with scores of 268-311 versus La Salle and 262-318 versus Westridge. Returning senior Lauren Park led the way having the lowest score in both matches. Park and the five returning players are taking the momentum from last season into this season and carry along with them strong first-year players Madeleine Kwei ’21 and Chloe Cho ‘19.