Winter ISSTs recap: Day one

Varsity and JV Swimming:

Varsity and JV swimming got off to a successful start at ISSTs, winning a combined total of 12 medals for the day.

Varsity girls were the highlight performers of the day, winning the medley race with a team comprised of Anna Podurgiel (’20), Ally Larson (’19), Lauren Brantley (’20) and Sissel Anderson (’18), setting the ISST record along the way. Ally Larson (’19) also performed well on an individual level, placing first in the varsity girls 100-meter breaststroke and setting a new ISST record with a time of 1:13.44, as well as winning gold in the 50-meter freestyle. Athena Lambropoulos (’20) also impressed, winning the the 100-meter butterfly.  

Graham Brantley (’18) was the sole medal-winning varsity boys swimmer of the day, clinching second place in the 200-meter freestyle.

JV girls swimming continued ASL’s success on day one in the Hague bringing home four medals. JV girls won second place in the 200-meter medley relay and took the silver medal. Alexis Lambropoulos (‘20) was a part of the the silver medal winning team and as well as winning the two other individual medals in the 200-meter freestyle and the  and 50-meter freestyle. Marliese Rittenhouse (‘21) also took home individual silverware in the 100-meter butterfly winning the gold medal for the eagles.

JV boys didn’t take any medals home on the first day of swimming ISSTs but Dylan Moran (‘21) placed fourth in the 200-meter freestyle.

Larson was caught off guard when she was told that she had set the new record for the 100-meter breaststroke event. “I honestly didn’t even expect to break it and was really surprised when my teammates told me I had,” she said. “I dove in, felt great and was able to get the gold.”

She believes that staying composed and calculated ahead of tomorrow’s races will be key to the team’s success. “Tomorrow, I think we could work on being really careful with technical stuff as we had a few unfortunate disqualifications tomorrow,” she said. “To place as high as possible we really need to avoid all (disqualifications) tomorrow.


Varsity girls basketball:

Varsity girls basketball got off to the optimal start at this years ISSTs, winning their first game 64-37 against Vienna International School (VIS), and their second 49-43 against Frankfurt International School (FIS).

Mariam Sousou (’18) was happy with the way her team performed today. “It feels really good and I’m very proud of the team,” she said. “We told them to trust our training and that’s exactly what they did. They put in their 100% and it paid off.”

Sousou believes that the team’s strong mentality and will was key to their success. “As a team we did really well with hustling down the court, making adjustments, and staying positive,” she said.

The team will take on Zurich International School in tomorrow’s quarter-final, and Sousou believes that keeping composure will be key in order to secure a three-peat. “We have to take each game one at a time and not stress about things we can’t control,” she said. “We play a tough team in the crossover that has very strong shooters, so we have to defend, box out, and rebound.”


Varsity boys basketball:

Varsity boys basketball left the first day of ISSTs with mixed results. They started the tournament off brightly, winning their first game 71-47 over Munich International School, but they lost to Zurich International School 68-65 in their second game at ACS Cobham.

Jake Perelmuter (‘18) was slightly disappointed with the result of the first day because they hoped to win both games, but still has confidence for the rest of the tournament. “Overall we didn’t get two wins like we hoped but we’re still confident going forward.

Perelmuter hopes that the mentality of the team will lead them to the finals. “Our goal is to give everything we have and reach the finals,” he said. “We’re going to take it one game at a time, that starts with Cobham tomorrow.”

The Eagles will play against ACS Cobham at 11 a.m. in the quarterfinals and if they win, they will continue on to play in the semifinals later that evening.


Varsity Rugby:

Varsity Rugby had a disappointing first day at ISSTs, losing both of their games. They lost to the British School of Brussels in the first game 54-0 and lost the second game to the British School of Paris by a score of 54-0.

Reflecting on the games, Quinn Link (‘20) has hopes to turn things around for tomorrow. “For our game tomorrow, I’m hoping that we can keep the positivity high and keep injuries minimal and put to practice what we’ve been training for this year.”


The team will wrap up their season with two more games against the British School of Netherlands and ACS Cobham at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. respectively.


Written by Sports Editor Jonathan Sheves and Sports Editor Jonathan Novak