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Six Trinity Men's Squash Players Earn Post-Season Honors

Six Trinity Men's Squash Players Earn Post-Season Honors

Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2011 - Trinity College senior tri-captains Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India) and Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) and junior Vikram Malhotra (Mumbai, India) were each named to the 2010-11 College Squash Association (CSA) All-American First Team, while seniors Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) and Randy Lim (Penang, Malaysia) both graced the CSA All-American Second Team.  Lim was also voted as the 2010-11 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Squash Player of the Year and Sharma and Malhotra on the All-NESCAC First Team.  Vargas, Binnie, and junior Antonio Diaz-Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) each made the All-NESCAC Second Team.  Sharma was also named as one of four finalists for the Skillman Award, given annually to the nation's senior men's player who has demonstrated outstanding performance and sportsmanship during his career, and as Trinity men's squash's representative on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.  Princeton's David Letourneau was announced as the Skillman Award recipient on May 16.

Trinity finished the 2010-11 season with its 13th straight perfect season at 20-0 and captured its fifth consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title, its 14th straight Intercollegiate Squash Association Dual Match title, and its 13th consecutive College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship crown.  The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (17th Season), extended the longest known winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports to 244 triumphs in a row. 

Sharma, a four-time First Team All-American and an three-time, All-NESCAC honoree, was 18-4 (T2nd on team in wins) at the No. 2 spot in the lineup this winter.  Sharma won all three of his matches in the CSA National Championship Tournament and won two matches to advance to the 2010 CSA National Singles Quarterfinals, finishing ranked No. 8 in the nation among college players.  He closes his outstanding career with a 71-9 record, which ranks him second by just two victories on the College's all-time win list.  A graduate of Lady Andai High School, Sharma is majoring in economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Suman and Naresh Sharma

Vargas, a four-time, All-American and twice on the first team, posted Trinity's best record in terms of both wins and winning percentage at 19-2 this winter (.905) a 16-1 record (T3rd on team in wins) while playing predominantly at the No. 3 spot in the lineup.  The NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2007-08, Vargas won three matches to advance to the 2011 CSA National Singles Semifinals and finished as the No. 6-ranked individual in the nation among individuals.  He finishes his career with a 68-8 record, which ranks him No. 3 all-time at the College in wins.  A graduate of Colegio San Carlos, Vargas is majoring in International Studies and Spanish Studies at Trinity.  He is also a member and team captain of the Colombian National Team, and is the son of Raul Vargas and Martha Heredia. 

Malhotra, in his second season on the All-NESCAC Team and his third year on the All-American First Team, was 14-4 at the top spot in the Bantam lineup.  Malhotra won three matches to advance to the 2011 CSA National Singles Semifinals, after reaching the CSA Quarters in 2009-10, and the CSA Semifinals in his rookie season, and closed the year ranked No. 3 in the nation among college players.  He is a graduate of H.R. College and is the son of Anita and Shiv Malholtra.

Lim, an All-American Second Team honoree for the fourth year in a row, posted an 18-2 record this winter which tied him for second on the squad in wins and winning percentage.  Lim is the third Bantam in the past four years to garner the top award in the NESCAC, after former teammates Gustav Detter and Baset Chaudhry won it in 2008 and 2009, respectively.  Playing at the No. 5 position in the lineup, Lim finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation among college players.  He closes his career with 60 wins and just 10 losses, ranking No. 7 all-time at the College in wins.  Lim is a graduate of Penang High School and is majoring in engineering at Trinity.  He is the son of Lim Hool Yeang. 

Binnie played No. 4 for the Bantams and went 3-0 in the CSA National Championship Tournament including the national-title-clinching, 3-1 win to give Trinity a 5-4 victory against Yale in the CSA Finals.  Binnie was 18-2 record this winter, which tied him for second on the squad in wins and winning percentage, and won two matches to advance to the CSA National Singles Championship Quarterfinals.  Binnie was ranked as the No. 13 player in the nation at the end of the year.  He finishes his squash career with a 52-5 record, and a Malloy Championship Trophy won at the CSA Singles Championships in 2008-09.  Binnie, who will continue to play soccer for the Bantams in the fall, was the U-19 National Champion in his native Jamaica.  A graduate of Campion College, he is the son of Gill and Ray Binnie. 

Diaz-Gonzalez, a 2009-10 First Team Al-American, a three-time All-NESCAC member, and the 2008-09 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, was 12-3 at the No. 6 spot in the lineup this season.  A 2010 CSA National Singles Semifinals, Diaz-Gonzalez finished this winter as the No. 24-ranked player in the nation.  A graduate of St. George's School in Rhode Island, Diaz-Gonzalez is majoring in economics and International Relations at Trinity.  He is the son of Sarr Salas Aparicio and Antonio Diaz Gonzalez Borja.

CSA All-American information

All-NESCAC information

Skillman award information

NESCAC All-Sportsmanship information