Written by Stewart Roessler ‘21
For ninth-grader Stella Stringer, “The cross-country team is a culture — it’s a family.” Both the boys and girls cross country teams finished up a successful season, with the girls claiming the team state championship and the boys finishing runner-up. The girls’ team was led by seventh-grader Allison Hall, ninth-grader Stella Stringer and sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson for a 1-2-3 sweep, with junior Claire Middleton and sophomore Quinn Shanahan finishing eighth and 22nd respectively, earning the team their first-place state title with 36 points. Junior Fran Pacchiana and senior Anneke Dekker also finished in the top 40. Middleton, Hall, Stringer and Wilson earned All-State recognition. The boys finished one point out of first place with 50 points, losing to Providence Day. The boys’ team was led by All-State finishes from senior Neil Mosca (4th), sophomore Jay Shanahan (5th) and juniors Mac Hays (10th) and Mark Alkins (11th). Both teams had successful seasons with both the girls and boys ending undefeated in dual meets.
Varsity girls tennis also finished up a successful season, beating Charlotte Latin School 5-2 to earn the state championship for the second year in a row. This victory was also the team’s 19th consecutive win. Mukta Dharmapurikar, a ninth-grader on the team, attributed this great season to teamwork. “I think the main thing that made our team so successful is that even though tennis is an individual sport, we still did a great job putting in a team effort,” she said. “Every single person went out and played their hardest, the coaches were so invested, and the support all around was amazing."
DA’s top doubles team, juniors Madeline Towning and Alexis Galloway, gave DA a 1-0 lead early in the state championship match, beating Charlotte Latin School’s top double team 8-1. Towning and Galloway ended their season 17-1 and have a record of 31-4 for their entire career together, making them the best doubles team in DA history. Senior Julia King wrapped up her tennis career with a win in doubles with junior Sarah Clark. King finished with a record of 52-3 throughout her four years, with 46 of those coming from doubles. After a short rain delay, singles matches were held, with Galloway winning and advancing her record to 34-1 for the season to break a school record for most wins in a season. Renee George and Clark later won their matches, sealing the win for DA. Senior Joy Callwood earned TISAC Player of the Year for the second straight year, as well as All-State and All-Conference for the third time. Towning earned All-State for the first time and All-Conference for the third. Juniors Galloway and George also earned All-Conference recognition. Tennis had yet another remarkable year finishing 19-1 and will look to build on the historic play of their underclassmen to three-peat as state champions next year.