Article by: Sam M.

Edited by: Margarita T.

Graphic by: Issy P.

With second season tryouts concluding on October 26, the various varsity, JV, and aspirant teams for rugby, touch, swimming, tennis and basketball have all begun training rigorously. This season is known to be the longest, starting with the tryouts during the last week of October and concluding in the beginning of February with the IASAS tournaments. One important part of this season is the Pre-IASAS exchange weekend, also known as Pre-I, when ISM’s varsity teams compete with other schools to get a feel of this year’s competition for the IASAS tournaments.

This week’s Pre-IASAS exchange will occur in all of the IASAS schools: touch in Singapore, boys tennis in Kuala Lumpur, girls tennis in Jakarta, swimming in Bangkok, basketball in Taipei and rugby here at home. Exchange weekend is from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18.

Suveer S., a junior in the boys tennis team who is heading to Kuala Lumpur for his third Pre-IASAS tournament, comments on the nature of the travelling team: “Our doubles and singles players are not finalized, so this will help form the best combinations.” He also notes the significance of Pre-I as a stepping stone for obtaining a three-peat at the IASAS championships in Bangkok. Reminiscing past Pre-I exchanges, Suveer says, “The boys team is stuck together for three days, so the weekend will allow us to form strong bonds within the team and bring the freshmen ‘out of the closet.’”

With Pre-I rugby at ISM, senior captain Jaime C. is excited for the fact that he is playing at home for his last season. He says, “[It] should be interesting to see how our relatively new team plays.” He also recognizes that it will give seniors the opportunity to play amidst the heavy workload. Despite training for only two weeks before the exchange weekend, Jaime knows that “the boys can all figure something out by Pre-I” and “can carry on that legacy of being one of the dominant teams over the past years.” With games starting on Friday afternoon all the way to Saturday evening, come out and support the varsity rugby team compete against fellow IASAS schools!

With more than 70 athletes competing next weekend, we are confident that all second season Bearcat athletes will perform their best, challenging players from other schools in anticipation of the IASAS tournaments.

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