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Trinity Men's Squash Players Receive Countless Post-Season Awards And Honors

Kush Kumar '20
Kush Kumar '20

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College sophomore Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) was named a College Squash Association (CSA) First Team All-American while Bantam senior tri-captain Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) and rookie Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) earned CSA Second Team All-American honors.  Trinity junior Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland) was honored as the 2017-18 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Squash Player of the Year and joined classmate Thoboki Mohohlo (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Kumar on the All-NESCAC First Team. Bantam senior tri-captain James Evans (Maidstone, England), Allaudin and junior Tom De Mulder (Ghent, Belgium) landed on the All-NESCAC Second Team. Most recently, Evans was also selected by his class as the Trinity College Senior Male Athlete of the Year (Sheldon McCook Trophy) at the departmen's annual senior awards ceremony in May.  Led by Head Coach Paul Assaiante (24th season), Trinity finished with a 20-0 overall record and won the CSA National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title for the 17th time and the second year in a row. The Bantams, which hosted the event at Kellner Center downed Princeton, 8-1, edged St. Lawrence, 5-4, and defeated Harvard, 6-4, in the Potter Trophy Finals.

Kumar was 14-4 this winter playing at the top of the ladder in the Trinity lineup. He earns CSA All-American honors for the first time in his career after capping off the winter with a second place finish in the "A" Division (Pool Trophy) Tournament Finals at the CSA Individual Championships.  A graduate of the Seventh Day Adventist School, he is the son of Om Pragah Singh and Kusum Devi.

Allaudin, a two-time All-NESCAC Second Team honoree, was 18-2 this winter and closed his career tied for fourth all-time at the College with 68 wins against just eight losses. The senior tri-captain went 4-0 in the CSA Singles Championship "B" Division (Molloy Trophy) Tournament to win one of the four brackets, and earns CSA All-American honors for the first time in his career. A graduate of Bloomfield Hall High School, he is the son of Gogi Allaudin and Irshaad Gogi.  Sakr went 19-1 this winter in an impressive rookie campaign. Sakr won four matches at the CSA Singles Championship "B" Division (Molloy Trophy) Tournament to win one of the four Molloy Trophy brackets. A computer science major, he is the son of Mohamed and Rehab Sakr.

Craig, a three-time All-NESCAC selection, a first-teamer in 2015-16, and a two-time CSA All-American, had a team-high 17 wins and just two losses iwhile playing predominantly at the No. 3 position in the Trinity lineup. Craig is the fifth Bantam to garner Player of the Year honors, joining Baset Chaudhry (2008), Gustav Detter (2009), Randy Lim (2011) and Vikram Malhotra (2012). A graduate of Campbell College, he is majoring in anthropology and the son of Kim and Ian Craig.

Mohohlo, the 2017 NESCAC Rookie of the Year after joining the squad as a sophomore, repeats on the All-NESCAC First Team this winter. He was also a CSA All-American First Team selection in 2016-17. Mohohlo posted an 9-4 record this winter playing in the top third of the Bantam lineup. A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, he is a graduate of Red Hill High School.

Evans, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and a first-teamer in 2016-17, was 15-1 this winter after winning all 51 of his collegiate matches over his first three seasons. Evans is 66-1 in his remarkable career, putting him seventh all-time at Trinity in wins including an 11-0 record in Potter Trophy competition. A graduate of Invicta Grammar School and psychology major at Trinity, he is the son of Sharon Evans. 

De Mulder returns to the All-NESCAC team after collecting NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2014-15. De Mulder went 15-1 this winter, including a perfect 3-0 in the Potter Trophy Tournament, playing in the middle third of the Trinity lineup. A graduate of Saint-Janscollege and an economics and mathematics major at Trinity, he is the son of Patrick De Mulder and Lamul Salee.

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