Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's squash team, which has won 11 consecutive College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship titles and has the longest winning streak in intercollegiate sports history with 202 victories in a row, is ranked No. 1 in the CSA 2009 National Pre-Season Poll. In addition, senior co-captain and the two-time defending CSA National Individual Champion Baset Chaudhry (Lahore, Pakistan) leads a list of eight Bantams ranked among the top 25 in the nation at No. 1 in the CSA National Pre-Season Rankings. The Bantams open the season at Bates and Bowdoin tomorrow.
Trinity welcomes back seven starters from last year's squad that 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, coached by Paul Assaiante, extended the longest known winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports to 202 triumphs in a row. Trinity will once again be the favorite for a national title, led by All-American and two-time College Squash Association (CSA) National Individual Champion Baset Chaudhry (Lahore, Pakistan) and returning All-Americans Randy Lim (Penang, Malaysia), Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia), Vikram Malholtra (Mumbai, India), Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India), and Supreet Singh (Mumbai, India).
Chaudhry has dominated the intercollegiate squash courts for his entire career, winning 42 out of 44 matches and two national crowns, while the five other returning All-Americans combined for a 68-15 mark last winter. Junior Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) was a perfect 18-0 in 2008-09, while classmate Dan Echavarria (Bogota, Colombia) is among the top veterans who will compete with promising freshman prospects for the remaining spots in the varsity lineup.