Hartford, Conn. - Four members of the Trinity College women's squash team and one men's squash player will travel to Washington D.C. this weekend for the College Squash Association (CSA) National Singles Championships, hosted at George Washington University. Trinity senior tri-captains Raneem Sharaf (Cairo, Egypt) and Julia LeCoq (Creteil, France), along with sophomore Salma Alam El Din (Cairo, Egypt) and rookie Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia), will battle for the right to be crowned the top individual player in the country in the women's bracket. On the men's side, sophomore Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) will represent the Bantams as the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The women's team, led by Head Coach and 2017-18 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year, Wendy Bartlett (34th season), finished the team season as runner-ups in the Howe Cup Trophy Team Championships with a 15-3 overall record. The men's squad, led by Head Coach Paul Assaiante (24th season), capped off a 20-0 season with a 6-3 victory over Harvard in the Potter Trophy Team Championship to claim their 17th-ever national title.
Sharaf and LeCoq both led Trinity this winter. Sharaf posted a 13-5 record in dual matches this winter playing at the top of the Bantam lineup while LeCoq finished her final season with a 14-4 record in dual matches playing in the top third of the Trinity lineup. Sharaf also was named a finalist for this year's CSA Betty Richey Award, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership. She is also a three-time CSA All-American and finished last season ranked as the No. 5 player in the nation.
Alam El Din, an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree and CSA All-American in 2016-17, was 13-2 playing in the top third of the ladder for the Bantams, while Teh went 15-2 in her first season of dual matches, leading Trinity in wins and climbing from No. 6 to No. 4 in the lineup. Teh was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year will compete in her first career national singles tournament. Kumar enjoyed a breakout season as Trinity's No. 1 player. He went 14-3 this season at the top of the Bantam lineup.
Both programs have a combined six other players going in the Holleran Bracket (women's) and the Molloy Division (men's). Tournament action begins on Friday morning and continues throughout the weekend, with the championships being played on Sunday afternoon.