Falcons shine at winter SPC


David Shutts

Senior Sydney Smith broke the girls’ 100-meter free SPC record and set a new Kinkaid girls’ swimming record.

Josh Sweetland, Staff Writer

With the winter season coming to an end, Falcons showed out in several Southwest Preparatory Conference competitions. 

Wrestling came in second place as junior Will McMackin won the 175-pound weight class, freshman Morgan Tannery won the 120-pound weight class, freshman Garret Clark won the 113-pound weight class, and junior Nico Gomez won the 157-pound weight class. 

“We surprised a lot of people this year,” Gomez said. “We worked really hard during practice and gave Kinkaid wrestling a name for itself. I can’t wait for next year.”

Boys’ soccer also had a great season, finishing second in SPC. Tufts commit Ethan Jett and Carnegie Mellon commit Henry Hawthorn led the team to the championship game as senior captains. 

“We started off shaky after winter break since we didn’t have our normal starters, but we eventually found our groove and cruised through SPC until suffering a last-minute loss to Episcopal,” said junior Matthew Schafer, starting right wing back.

Girls’ soccer led by senior captains Macy McCallum, committed to Lehigh University, and Lia Bonet, committed to Houston Christian University, also had a great season with a fourth-place finish in SPC. 

“We improved every single day and went into the SPC tournament with a lot of confidence,” McCallum said. “I will never forget this season and the memories I made with my teammates.”

Swimming and diving had a historic finish. Senior Cade Duncan, committed to Northwestern University, broke the boys’ 50-meter free and 100-meter free SPC records at the SPC championships. Fellow senior and Northwestern University commit Sydney Smith broke the girls’ 100-meter free SPC record and set a new Kinkaid girls’ swimming record. 

Boys basketball ended with a seventh-place finish and 13 total wins in the season. Girls basketball finished strong in the SPC tournament with a fifth-place finish. 

“We gave it our all the entire season,” sophomore power forward Jack Paris said. “Unfortunately, the season didn’t turn out as we wanted it to, but we will be back next year.”