Hartford, Conn., June 6, 2012 – Trinity College Bantam men's squash senior co-captains Antonio Diaz-Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) and Vikram Malhotra (Mumbai, India), and first-year Miled Zarazua (Mexico City, Mexico) were each selected to the College Squash Association (CSA) All-American First Team, while junior Johan Detter (Malmoe, Sweden) graced the CSA All-American Honorable Mention. Malhotra was also one of six nominees for the Skillman Award given annually to the senior men's squash player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship during his collegiate career, and was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year. All three First-Team All-Americans were named to the All-NESCAC First Team, while Detter and fellow junior Reinhold Hergeth (Bleomfontein, South Africa) joined rookie Vrishab Kotian (Mumbai, India) on the All-NESCAC Second Team. Diaz-Gonzalez also represented Trinity on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
"Vikram Malhotra is selfless and a far greater leader than a player even with all his accomplishments on the court," says Trinity Head Coach Paul Assaiante. "While being a ferocious competitor, Vikram carries himself impeccably both on and off the court, and is quick to smile and congratulate an opponent for a good shot."
Trinity finished the 2011-12 season with an 18-2 record, captured its sixth consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title, and tied for Intercollegiate Squash Association (ISA) Dual Match title with Princeton to extend its streak of earning at least a share of the Association Trophy to 15 years in a row. The Bantams saw the longest known winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports end at 252 victories in a row with a 5-4 loss at Yale in mid-January, but rallied to gain their 16th straight appearance in the CSA National Finals before suffering a 5-4 defeat on the road at Princeton to end the year.
Diaz-Gonzalez, a 2009-10 First Team All-American, a four-time All-NESCAC member, and the 2008-09 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, was 14-4 at the No. 2 spot in the lineup this season. He was also Trinity's representative on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team in 2009-10. A 2010 CSA National Singles Semifinalist and a CSA Singles Quarterfinalist this season, Diaz-Gonzalez finished 2011-12 as the No. 5-ranked player in the nation. Diaz-Gonzalez posted a 67-12 record (4th all-time at Trinity in collegiate wins) in his collegiate career, which included a 24-2 mark during his freshman campaign spent at Connecticut College. A graduate of St. George's School in Rhode Island, Diaz-Gonzalez graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in economics and International Relations. He is the son of Sarr Salas Aparicio and Antonio Diaz Gonzalez Borja.
Malhotra, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and a four-year member of the All-American First Team, was 17-4 (2nd on team in wins) at the top spot in the Bantam lineup. Malhotra advanced to the 2012 CSA National Singles Quarterfinals, after reaching the CSA Semis last winter and both as a rookie in 2008-09 and the CSA Quarters in 2009-10. Malhotra closed the year ranked No. 4 in the nation among college players. Malhotra posted a 62-11 record (8th all-time at Trinity in wins) in his collegiate career. He is a graduate of H.R. College and is the son of Anita and Shiv Malholtra.
Zarazua played No. 3 for the Bantams and finished his rookie season with a 13-4 record, closing the year as the No. 8-ranked player in the nation. A graduate of Mexicana Americana High School, Zarazua is majoring in International Relations at Trinity. He is the son of Armando Ramirez and Rosalia Sanchez.
Detter was 13-5 this winter, playing predominantly at the No. 5 position in the Trinity lineup, and posted a 3-0 record in the CSA Championship Tournament against Franklin and Marshall, Harvard, and Princeton. He is also a two-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team and the 2010-11 John A. Mason Award recipient as Trinity's MVP. A graduate of Sit Petri, he is the son of Ingegerd and Leif Detter and brother of former Bantam All-American and 2009 CSA Skillman Trophy winner Gustav Detter.
Hergeth was 16-3 (3rd on team in wins) this winter, playing mostly at the No. 4 position in the Trinity lineup. A graduate of St. Andrew's School, Hergeth is majoring in anthropology at Trinity. He is the son of Jenny and Viktor Hergeth.
Kotian was 13-4 at the No. 6 spot in Trinity's starting lineup in a fine rookie season. He won six matches in three days to win the Molloy Division title in the CSA National Singles Championships to complete his rookie campaign. The Molloy Division featured the collegiate players ranked No. 33 to No. 96 in a 64-player, single-elimination tournament.