Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's squash sophomore Rick Penders (Maastricht, Netherlands) was named to the College Squash Association (CSA) All-American First Team, while senior co-captain Juan Vargas (Bogota Colombia) and first-year Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland) each graced the CSA All-American Second Team. Vargas was also named as one of three 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. Bantam first-year Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) was named as the 2016 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year, and Head Coach Paul Assaiante (21st season) was honored as NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year along with Bates Head Coach Pat Cosquer. The Bantams also boasted three players on both the All-NESCAC First and Second Team, with twice as many players honored as any of the other NESCAC schools. Vargas, Penders, and Craig earned All-NESCAC First Team distinction while junior co-captain Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia), sophomore James Evans (Maidstone, England), and De Mulder landed on the second team.
Trinity finished the 2015-16 season with a 21-2 record and placed third in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships (Potter Trophy) with a 5-4 victory against St. Lawrence in the third-place match. The Bantams also captured their 10th consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crown with victories over Amherst (8-1), Williams (9-0), and Bates (7-2) in the league tournament at Trinity.
De Mulder, who joined Andres Vargas (2008) and Miled Zarazua (2012) as Bantams to receive the NESCAC Rookie of the Year honor, was 20-5 this winter in the middle of the Trinity lineup. A graduate of Saint-Janscollege, De Mulder majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Patrick De Mulder and Lamul Salee.
Vargas, a four-time All-NESCAC honoree with three first-team honors and a second team award in 2014, was 17-3 this season playing in the ladder's top third and was a finalist for the Skillman Award, given annually to the nation's senior men's player who has demonstrated outstanding performance and sportsmanship during his career. Also a four-time CSA Second Team All-American, Vargas closed his outstanding career with a 56-17 record. He is a graduate of Colegio San Carlos and is the son of Raul Vargas and Martha Heredia and the brother of former Trinity All-American Andres Vargas.
Penders, an All-NESCAC and CSA All-American Second Teamer in 2014-15, was 15-7 this year as Trinity's No. 1 player. A graduate of Bonnefantebcollege, Penders is majoring in urban studies at Trinity.
Craig enjoyed a fine rookie season to become the lone freshman on the All-NESCAC First Team. He was 13-7 playing the No. 2 position on the Bantam ladder. A graduate of Campbell College, he is the son of Kim and Ian Craig.
Ismail was 19-4 in the middle of Trinity lineup this winter. He was also the 2015 CSA National Singles Championship Molloy Division winner. A graduate of All Saints High School, he is the son of Ismail Sulaiman and Siti Aishah Abidin.
Evans has been flawless for two seasons as a Bantam, setting a new College record with wins in his first 39 career matches including a 20-0 mark in 2015-16 in the middle of the Trinity lineup. A graduate of Invicta Grammar High School, he is the son of Sharon Evans.
Coach Assaiante recieves NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career, having previously won the award in 2008, 2009 and 2013. He has guided Trinity to each of the last 10 NESCAC titles and CSA National Championship crowns from 1999 to 2011, 2013, and 2015. The Bantams' 252 wins in a row from 1998 to 2012 closed the book on the longest winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports, and Assaiante is 399-15 all-time as the Bantam head coach.
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