The rugby team brought home a second straight tournament title, and crew began its inaugural season. Here is a wrap-up of the spring varsity season for 2023.
Led by Head Coach Bill Reed, the Bears finished fourth in the league with a 5-5 record and an overall record of 8-13-1. Jay Adams ’24, Sam Rosand ’25 and Nate Rosner ’23 earned all-IAC honors. Rosand was an All-Met honorable mention for The Washington Post. Season highlights include Rosand striking out 16 batters in the league opener, Rosner with 30 strikeouts in 27 innings, and Colin Redmond ’23 leading the team with a .324 BA, 22 runs, and 22 hits.
Ten boys joined Landon’s inaugural year of crew – Rayan Anvari ’25, Will Cate ’26, Arthur Deng ’26, Quinn Kelly ’23, Henry Messersmith ’25, James Moncur ’23, Jett Pedersen ’24, Liam Pilkington ’26, Grey Small ’23, and Zack Zand ’24. Landon joined forces with DC National Rowing Club and worked with their coaches to offer an exciting new spring sports option for Upper School boys at Landon. “Pendersen and Kelly stood out as “naturals” quickly learning the technique as well as being very strong, placing them in tenth and twelfth place respectively among a field of 56 boys,” Ros said.
The Bears finished 0-2 after matches against Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep. Head Coach Matthew Johnson, coach David Ruskin, and captain Ryan Loev ’24 led a mix of returning and new athletes. Johnson said many of the new athletes improved tremendously and have committed to fencing during the off season.
Head Coach Andy Luther and team captains John Bates ’23, Charlie Burr ’23, and Charlie Lynn ’23 led the team to a 9-3-1 overall record and a 4-1 league record. The Bears finished the season tied for first place, the first time since 2017. Bates and Lynn earned all-IAC and second team All-Met honors. Lynn was a co-medalist at the Freeman Memorial Tournament to finish the season. Both Bates and Lynn finished the season with top 10 scoring averages all time for Landon Golf. Both boys shot 39 or lower for every nine holes they played for the entire season.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Will McGettigan and captains Will Abramson ’23, Will Cohen ’23, Kevin Miller ’24, and Anthony Savoy ’23, the Bears finished 12-7 overall and went 3-2 in league play. The team competed in its first IAC championship game since 2018. Season highlights include beating St Albans twice and Bullis. Cohen, Anthony Panetti ’24, Davis Owens ’24, and Nico Schermer ’23 earned all-IAC honors. Cohen received first team All-Met honors from The Washington Post while Owens received honorable mention.
Outdoor Track and Field
Led by Head Coach Griffin Gagnon and team captains Sam Cohen ’23, Asim Hakim-Florian ’23, Ari Kalish ’24, Milan Matteis ’25, Bayo Ogunlade ’23, the Bears ended a nine-year last-place drought by finishing fourth at the IAC Championships. Reed Phillips ’25 earned all-IAC honors.
Head Coach Sam Tyler along with captains Koko Ahmadu ’23, David LaPrade ’23, Ty Reyes ’23 led the team to second consecutive Division II Metro Area Varsity Rugby Conference Championship title, and a first-place league finish with 6-0 league record and a 6-1 overall record. The team graduates 20 seniors including two who have committed to play rugby in college: Reyes (Penn State) and Ahmadu (UCLA).
Led by Head Coach WT Miller ’86 and captains Thomas Eusse ’23 and Alan Zhang ’23, the Bears finished in second place in the league with a 5-1 record and 11-2 overall record. Rex Bondi ’24, Jeh-Lei Fan ’25, and Frank Wang ’26 earned all-IAC honors. The team defeated Sidwell Friends and Gilman for the first time in more than a decade, also beating Potomac for the first time in eight years.
Coaches Bryan Calloway, Kevin Hetzel, and Stephanie Wooten are proud of the team's progress this year. Captains Bao Duong ’23 and Henry Nichols ’23 led the team to a 2-5 record, including several tight matches.