Trinity’s women’s squash team finished with a 17-2 record, won its ninth consecutive NESCAC Championship title, and advanced to the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Finals for the third year in a row. The Bantams, under the direction of NESCAC Coach of the Year Wendy Bartlett in her 31st season, defeated Cornell 9-0 and Pennsylvania 5-4 in the Howe Cup Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively, before suffering a 7-2 setback against host Harvard University in the finals. Junior Kanzy El Defrawy closed the season with her third-straight appearance in the CSA National Singles Championship A Division (Ramsay) Finals, while Bantam senior co-captain Natalie Babjukova captured the B Division (Holleran) title with a 3-0 triumph over junior teammate Sachika Balvani. El Defrawy and first-year Raneem Sharaf were honored as CSA First Team All-Americans, while fellow rookie Julia LeCoq was a CSA Second Team All-American and sophomore Anna Kimberley received All-American Honorable Mention recognition. El Defrawy was named as NESCAC Player of the Year for the third consecutive season and joined Kimberley and Sharaf on the All-NESCAC First Team, while senior co-captain Ashley Tidman and LeCoq each graced the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Trinity’s men’s squash completed another historic season, finishing with a 20-1 record, winning its ninth consecutive NESCAC Championship title, and capturing the CSA National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title for the 15th time in the last 17 years. The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante in his 21st season, defeated Pennsylvania 8-1 and Cornell 7-2 in the Potter Trophy Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively, before downing St. Lawrence 7-2 in Trinity’s Kellner Squash Center in the CSA Finals. Sophomore Affeeq Ismail capped off the campaign by winning the CSA National Singles Championship B Division (Molloy) title. First-year Rick Penders was named to the CSA All-American First Team, while senior co-captain Karan Malik, senior Miled Zarazua, and junior Juan Vargas were CSA Second Team All-Americans. Seniors Vrishab Kotian and Zarazua and Vargas were named to the All-NESCAC First Team, and Malik and Penders graced the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Photos by John Lester