SQUASH Brunswick’s Santry, Carney compete at Junior British Open
Brunswick School students Dana Santry and Tad Carney brought their impressive squash skills overseas last week, where they put on quite a display at the Dunlop Junior British Open.
Recognized as one of the most prestigious events in the world on the junior squash calendar, the competition drew more than 600 players from numerous nations.
Santry, a Brunswick junior, advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the boys’ Under-17 division, while Carney, a freshman at Brunswick, made it to the quarterfinals of the Under-15 flight at the Junior British Open — which was held last week in Birmingham, England.
In the boys 17-under division, which included 128 players that received an invitation to play at the Junior British Open, Santry certainly made his mark.
Representing the U.S., Santry, a Greenwich native, won his first four matches at the Junior British Open. After receiving a first-round bye, Santry beat Jacques Duminey of South Africa, 14-12, 11-7, 11-9 in the second round.
The third round saw Santry edge Ethan Eyles (a Greenwich resident) representing Australia, in a hard-fought match, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9.
Santry success continued in the Round of 16, where he topped Abedelrahman Dweek of Canada, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8. His run ended with a 3-1 loss to Karim Abelalim Elbarbay of Egypt in the quarterfinals (11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8).
Carney also received a first-round bye at the British Open, then was a 3-0 winner against Laszlo Godde of France in the second round (11-7, 12-10, 11-6).
He posted a 3-1 win against Nathan Masset (Belgium) in Round 3 (11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 16-14). In the fourth round, Carney swept England’s Sam Osborne-Wylde (11-6, 11-9, 11-8). Kareem El Torkey of Egypt pulled out a 3-2 win over Carney in the quarterfinal-round of the British Open (6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10).
Carney and Santry are each members of the Brunswick team, which is 5-0 to start its season and captured the Division I title at the U.S. High School Squash Team Championships last winter.
Prior to competing at the British Open, the Brunswick duo excelled at the 2018 U.S. Junior Squash Open Championships in Andover, Mass.
Carney captured the boys’ Under-15 championship (128-player field), defeating Mohammad Hanza Khan of Pakastan in the finals, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7.
In semifinals action, Carney eliminated Islam Kouritam, 3-1 (8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8) of Cairo. The quarterfinals saw Carney register a 3-2 comeback win against Cairo’s Noor Zaman. After getting a bye in the first round, he swept his next three matches, before compe ting in t he quarterfinals.
Nick Spizzirri, a Brunswick junior, made it to the quarterfinal-round of the 17-under division. He was defeated by Thomas Rosini of the U.S., 3-0.
Spizzirri won his Round of 16 match at the U.S. Junior Open, 3-1, and also notched 3-0 victories in his Round of 32, 64 and 128 matches. Santry, meanwhile, advanced to the Round of 16.