Hartford, Conn. - While surely looking to lead the Trinity College men's squash team to a second consecutive and 19th overall College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship title later this month, senior co-captain Omar Allaudin has been getting the job done off the court as well. Allaudin certainly has been making the most of his final season as a Bantam.
Omar Allaudin comes from a family of great squash players. His father, Gogi, was once the No. 2 player in the world, while his cousin is a former World Junior Champion. Needless to say, it was impossible for Allaudin to avoid lofty expectations as he took up the game of squash. There was inherent pressure, but his family did not push him and Allaudin simply enjoying the sport on his own begnning at around 10 years of age. Serious training began when Alladuin turned 15, as he took a gap year after high school to get ready for squash at the collegiate level. It was also around this time that Allaudin also began seriously looking towards Trinity.
Gogi Allaudin took Pakistan to the World Junior Squash Championship in the summer of 2014, while Trinity Head Coach Paul Assaiante took the United States Team there as well and a connection was made. Allaudin transferred to Trinity from the University of Central Punjab in the spring of 2015.
"On the court, I have a good work ethic and discipline," explains Allaudin. "The other important things are respect for your opponent and the referee to further being completely honest to the game."
These values are evident in other aspects of Allaudin's life as well. He is always on time, respectful to his peers, and shows kindness to those around him.
"The ability to just put yourself in someone else's shoes to see their problems and help them is a rare quality," he adds. "I strive to be someone like that. I am not perfect but I hope people learn from my struggle."
These values have helped Allaudin lead the Bantams on the right path. Coming off its 18th CSA National Championship crown (Potter Trophy), Trinity is off to a 15-0 start, has won 24 matches in a row, and captured its 12th New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship over the weekend. Enormous challenges are still ahead with matchups against Harvard, Princeton, and Rochester to lead up to the Potter Trophy Tournament, whoch will be held at Trinity's own Kellner Squash Center on February 23 to 25.
Looking forward to the national tournament, Allausdin knows that the biggest key will be coming together as a team and playing for one another. This is a lesson that Coach Assaiante, preaches daily.
"At the end of the day it is about the trust in each other that has built the strength of Trinity College Squash," declares Allaudin.
written by Alex Levin '20