Hartford, Conn., Jan. 15, 2009 - The Trinity College men's squash team, which has won the last ten national intercollegiate titles and compiled a 186-0 record since the 1998-99 season, is ranked No. 1 in the first College Squash Association (CSA) National Rankings. The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (15th season), posted a 3-0 mark in the fall semester, prior to the first ranking, and will visit play four matches over the next four days including a Jan. 17 match at No. 8-ranked Dartmouth. The Trinity women, coached by Wendy Bartlett (25th season), are ranked No. 3 in the CSA Women's National Rankings, jumping from a ranking of No. 4 to finish the 2007-08 season. The Bantam women also play four times in the next four days including road matches against No. 10-ranked Brown on Jan. 15 and No. 8-ranked Dartmouth on Jan. 17.
During the fall semester, the Trinity men topped Tufts, Amherst, and No. 10-ranked Williams, all by 9-0 scores, while the Bantams women posted wins over No. 6-ranked Stanford (9-0), Tufts (5-0), Amherst (9-0) and No. 9-ranked Williams (9-0) to start their season at 4-0.
The Trinity men's roster includes five top-ten ranked individuals in the nation. Junior Baset Chaudhry (Lahore, Pakistan) is ranked as the top collegiate squash player in the country, followed by senior captain Gustav Detter (Malmoe, Sweden) at the No. 2 spot. Sophomores Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India) at No. 8 and Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) at No. 9 and senior captain Manek Mathur (Mumbai, India) at No. 10 are the also among the nation's elite individuals. Trinity has five other players in the top 50. Mathur, fellow senior captain Rushabh Vora (Mumbai, India), Sharma, and sophomore Christopher Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) each lead the team with 3-0 individual records.
The first 2008-09 CSA Women's Individual Rankings are yet to be released. Bantam sophomore Tehani Guruge (Colombo, Sri Lanka) finished the 2007-08 season ranked No. 10 individually, while three other Bantam returnees finish among the top 20 players at the end of last season. Currently, sophomore Emery Holton (Flourtown, Pa.) and freshmen Andrea Echeverria (San Salvador, El Salvador), and Katie Wymard (Radnor, Penn.) are tied for the team lead with four wins apiece.