girls squash Double vision
Greenwich Academy has won the U.S. High School Team Squash Division I title the past three seasons, with not one, but two dynamic duos leading the championship charge.
Two sets of twin sisters have been fixtures in the Gators’ deep and talented lineup and Thursday, the foursome were recognized with a special ceremony.
Twins India and Lucy Stephenson and Claire and Haley Aube gathered at the school’s squash courts to celebrate their collegiate choices. Lucy and India Stephenson will each continue their squash careers at Princeton University, while Haley Aube is headed to Stanford University and Claire is going to Dartmouth.
Haley Aube is excited about testing her squash skills at Stanford.
“I’m looking forward to playing at a more competitive level and also getting to know a new group of girls,” Haley Aube said. “I thought Stanford was going to be too far for me, but when I visited the school, I fell in love with the school. Then environment is very attractive to me.”
Like her twin sister Claire, Haley began competing on the US Squash circuit as a 10-year old and quickly enjoyed the sport.
“We started playing for fun and we found out a whole other world existed,” Haley Aube said. “We did well, so we kept playing in tournaments and we realized we had a chance to play in college, which is great.”
Said GA coach Luke Butterworth: “Haley always brings her personality and vibe to the team. I wish her all the best with everything she does.”
Claire Aube has played at the No. 1 spot in the lineup for GA, which is in the midst of another undefeated season and is preparing for February’s U.S. High School Team Championships.
Last season saw Greenwich Academy register a 6-1 win over Agnes Irwin School from Bryn Mawr, Pa., in the finals of the High School Team Championships.
“My experience on the squash team here at GA has been amazing,” Claire Aube said. “Our team has gotten so close over the years and the team keeps getting better and better.”
The Aube sisters are in their fourth season on the GA squad, so being separated in college will indeed, be a change.
“I have wanted to go to Dartmouth since I was young and I love the team and school, so I’m excited,” Claire Aube said. “It’s definitely going to be different not having her (Haley) by my side, but I’ll be really excited to go visit her.”
Possessing superior depth, it’s no secret why Greenwich Academy has proven itself to be the top squad in the nation nearly every winter.
“Every GA girl on the team is equally as good and we challenge each other,” Claire Aube said. “Our hardest matches are when we play each other in practice. We help each other get better every day.”
“Claire is a fantastic competitor,” Butterworth said. “She’s calm, cool and collected and I’m happy to see her have the opportunity to go to Dartmouth.”
The Stephenson twins conversely, won’t be apart in college, playing at Princeton next year.
“I’m so excited to continue with her another four years and can’t wait,” Lucy Stephenson said. “We did the college process together, but we didn’t expect to go to the same school. Once we did our visits, we found out that we loved the same schools, especially Princeton. We got a spot on the team at the same school, which is great.”
Lucy and India knew Princeton was the choice for them during their visit.
“The Princeton team was the closest-knit team I have met,” Lucy Stephenson said. “They were also one of the hardest working teams I’ve seen. It’s close to home, but not too close and they have subjects that I love.”
India Stephenson said she’s learned plenty from playing squash.
“It’s taught me a lot about myself — what my strengths are and who I am,” India Stephenson said. “My dad got us started in the sport at a young age. I played squash for the first time at GA — that’s where I met Haley and Claire. We played it just to be active, then it morphed into a really competitive sport for us. It’s so exciting that we’ll play on the same team for another four years.”
Butterworth has seen numerous competitors from his program proceed to play at the collegiate level, including Princeton.
“Going to the same schools is nice for them (Stephenson sisters) and they will take their fantastic personalities to that team,” he said.
The Greenwich Academy coach has witnessed the Aube and Stephenson sisters hone their skills and develop into premier performers each season.
“They have done so well throughout their athletic and academic careers and have put so much time and work in the classroom and courts,” Butterworth said. “I am so proud of them, I’m sure they will have great college squash careers and beyond.”
Though their college days are rapidly approaching, the Stephenson and Aube twin sisters know they still have plenty to accomplish at GA this season.
“We are trying to close out our fourth consecutive national championship,” Lucy Stephenson said. “We’re also really looking forward to New Englands (New England Championships, which GA has won seven straight seasons). Our lineup is so deep and our practices are looking really good this year.”