Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College will host the 2013 College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3 in the George A. Kellner Squash Center. The event consists of two brackets for both men's and women's squash. The top-32-ranked men;s and women's players will compete in the Pool Trophy bracket and the Ramsay Cup bracket, respectively, while the "B" brackets are called the Holleran Cup for women's squash and the Molloy Cup for men's squash.
Trinity men's squash has had three Pool Trophy winners, Marcus Cowie in 1997 and 1998, Bernardo Samper in 2002, and Baset Chaudhry in 2008 and 2009. Trinity's Amina Helal won the Ramsay Cup in 2002 and 2003, while former Bantam Nour Bhagat won the Ramsay Cup in 2009. Bantam women's first-year Kanzy El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt), who was 14-3 this winter at the top of the Trinity lineup, is a leading candidate to win this year's Ramsay Cup, while junior tri-captain Catalina Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) is also a contender. Senior co-captain Reinhold Hergeth (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and first-year Juan Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) are two top players for the Trinity men's squad.
The Trinity men, coached by Paul Assaiante (19th Season), finished the 2012-13 season with a 19-0 record, and captured its 14th CSA National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title with a 6-3 win against Harvard at Yale on Sunday. The Bantams also won their seventh straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crown, 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 17 years in a row.
The Trinity women, coached by Wendy Bartlett (29th Season), finished the 2012-13 season with a 16-2 record, and reached its sixth CSA National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Finals with a 5-4 upset of top-seeded Princeton in the semifinals at Yale on February 16, but lost to Harvard, 5-4, the next day to finish as the National Runner-Up for the fourth time. The Bantams also won their seventh straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crown earlier this month..