NEW YORK- 621 female athletes representing five countries competed at the 2019 Cliff Keen Gotham City Girls hosted by Beat the Streets on April 19 & 20, 2019. The tournament, located at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY featured athletes from Novice to Junior age levels.
Local PSAL athletes in the Junior division contended with some of the best in the world. Isyss Nevarez (PSAL: Curtis) placed second at 180. At 220, Kayleen Way (PSAL: Curtis) finished second. Danelly Arias (PSAL: Taft) was also runner up at 255.
Naomi Henry (PSAL: Wingate) finished fourth at 127, while Natalie Dunn (PSAL: CSI) finished fourth at 132. Dominique Diaz (PSAL: Seward Park) finished third at 220. Two third place matches featured exclusively PSAL athletes. Joanna Jones (Wingate) defeated Makansira Keita (Taft) at 180. Shola Cascen (Harry S. Truman) defeated Diana Mejia (W.C. Bryant) at 200.
Arham Alrowmeim (PSAL: Harry S. Truman) placed fifth at 100. Eleny Seda (PSAL: MLK) finished in sixth at 122. Sire Toure (PSAL: Seward Park) placed fifth at 164. Shamill Tavarez (PSAL: W.C. Bryant) ended the 220 tournament in fifth place.
Alia Khan (PSAL: Murrow) ended her tournament in seventh place at 100. Nossa Meite (PSAL: Taft) placed eighth at 122. Chloe Cabrera (PSAL: Harry S. Truman) finished her tournament in eighth at 144, while Kai Poux (PSAL: Brooklyn Tech) finished eighth at 152. The 180 and 200 brackets featured exclusively PSAL athletes in seventh place matches. Alexandra Martinez (Cardozo) defeated Sandy Chen (Seward Park) at 180. Ziane Jones (Wingate) was victorious over Dalisia Lopez (W.C. Bryant).
New York City athletes competed at the Cadet level as well. Nathaly Pichardo (PSAL: Harry Truman) finished in the runner-up position at 117. Also of Harry S. Truman, Mckenzie Samuels finished second at 164. Shamil Tavarez (PSAL: W.C. Bryant) ended in second at 255.
Victoria Atowuto-adewale (PSAL: Wingate) placed fourth at 180. Katheleen Mosquea (PSAL: Harry Truman) finished third at 255. Both athletes in the 200 third place match represented the PSAL, Makansira Keita (Taft) defeated Dalisia Lopez (W.C. Bryant).
In fifth place matches, Lise Michel (PSAL: Brooklyn Tech) was victorious at 117. Both competitors in the 122-match represented local programs, Eleny Seda (MLK) defeated Jennifer Fardzik (Brooklyn Tech). Alessandra Elliot (BTSNY) finished sixth at 132. The 138 fifth place match featured all PSAL athletes, Tays Pascual (Harry S. Truman) defeated Annika McWilliam (Seward Park). Crystal Flores (PSAL: Harry S. Truman) placed sixth at 144, while Kerina Hankey (PSAL: Brooklyn Tech) finished sixth at 152. The 200 bracket was also all PSAL, as Siera Long (Wingate) finished fifth and Shelby Luberisse (James Madison) finished sixth.
In the seventh-place matches, Jamina Azam (PSAL: W.C. Bryant) placed eighth at 138. The 152 seventh place match featured two PSAL athletes, Jenifer Toriz (W.C. Bryant) was victorious over Ruby Francisco (Taft). The 180 match also featured local talent, as Darling Rodriguez (Wingate) defeated Kadesha Moussa (Harry S. Truman).
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