Hartford, Conn., July 30, 2009 - Trinity College senior co-captains Gustav Detter (Malmoe, Sweden) and Manek Mathur (Mumbai, India), junior Baset Chaudhry (Lahore Pakistan), sophomore Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India), and freshman Vikram Malholtra (Mumbai, India) were each selected to the 2009 College Squash Association (CSA) All-American First Team. Bantam sophomores Randy Lim (Penang, Malaysia) and Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) each made the CSA All-American Second Team. In addition, Detter was honored as Trinity's McCook Award recipient as the College's top senior male athlete, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Squash Player of the Year, to the All-NESCAC First Team and the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team, and as the CSA Skillman Trophy recipient for on-court poise and demeanor, skill level and ability in the game of squash, team play, contribution to intercollegiate squash, leadership, and cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials. Trinity Head Coach Paul Assaiante (Simsbury, Conn.) was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year, Mathur and Chauhry each joined Detter on the All-NESCAC First Team, and junior Supreet Singh (Mumbai, India), Lim, and Sharma each graced the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Trinity finished the 2008-09 season with its 11th straight perfect season at 19-0 and captured its third straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title, its 12th straight Intercollegiate Squash Association Dual Match title, and its 11th consecutive College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship crown. The Bantams extended the longest known winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports to 202 triumphs in a row.
Detter, a four-time All-American and a 2008 NESCAC First Team selection, had a 17-2 record (T2nd on team in wins) this season, playing the No. 2 position, and finished as the No. 4-ranked player in the nation. Detter, who closes his career with a 65-11 record, was also a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree. A graduate of Latinshobin School, Detter is majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Ingegerd and Leif Detter.
Chaudhry, a three-time All-American, the 2008 NESCAC Player of the Year, and a 2008 NESCAC First Team selection, had 16-1 record this season and closed the 2008-09 campaign by winning five matches by a combined score of 15-2 to repeat as the CSA National Singles Champion. Finishing as the top-ranked player in the nation, Chaudhry is a graduate of Garrison High School. He is majoring in economics and is the son of Rubina Ashfaq and Ashfaq Chaudhry.
Mathur, a four-time All-American and a 2008 First Team all-NESCAC honoree, was 15-3 this season playing at the No. 3 spot in the lineup, and finished as the No. 8-ranked player in the nation. Manek closes his career with a 52-11 record. A graduate of the Cathedral School, Mathur is majoring in global studies and music at Trinity. He is the son of Arati and Kapil Mathur.
Sharma, a 2008 All-American First Teamer, was 17-2 (T2nd on team in wins) at the No. 4 spot in the lineup and finished as the No. 10-ranked player in the nation. Malholtra was 15-1 at various spots in the lineup and finished ranked No. 7 in the nation as an individual due to his surprise CSA National Singles Championship Semifinal performance to close the year.
Lim posted a 12-4 record this winter, while Heredia was 15-3, and Singh, a two-time All-American, was 9-5. Lim, a 2008 All-American Second Team honoree, is a graduate of Penang High school and is majoring in engineering at Trinity. He is the son of Lim Hool Yeang. Vargas, a First Team All-American and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2007-08, is a graduate of Colegio San Carlos and is majoring in international relations at Trinity. He is the son of Raul Vargas and Martha Heredia.
Completing his 15th year at Trinity, Assaiante possesses a stellar career record of 242-10, and has guided the men's squash squad to the apex of the sport. Assaiante has also coached the Trinity men's tennis squad for 13 of the last 15 seasons, notching a 131-51 record with eight NCAA appearances including five in the last six seasons.