Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College senior tri-captain Raneem Sharaf (Cairo, Egypt) was selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 Betty Richey Women's Squash 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. The Betty Richey Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the College Squash Association (CSA). It is given to the women's college squash 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.
"Raneem's on court poise and demeanor is superlative," says Trinity Head Coach Wendy Bartlett. "While putting pressure on her opponents with her powerful drives and quick court coverage, she demonstrates the highest level of sportsmanship. Whether she is winning or losing, Raneem shows fairness and grace. Throughout the past four years, Raneem has been driven to be one of the best intercollegiate squash players, and at the same time be an outstanding role model."
Sharaf was also named to the College Squash Association (CSA) All-American First Team, while fellow senior tri-captain Julia LeCoq (Creteil, France), sophomores Salma Alam El Din (Cairo, Egypt) and Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia), and first-year Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) were each named to the CSA All-American Second Team. Teh was also chosen as the 2017-18 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Squash Rookie of the Year and Trinity Head Coach Wendy Bartlett (34th season) was announced as this season's NESCAC Women's Squash Coach of the Year. A total of five Bantams were named to the All-NESCAC teams, the most of any team in the conference, as LeCoq, Sharaf and El Din were named to the First Team, and Raj and Teh garnered second team honors. Trinity, which has won all 12 league titles since they began holding them, finished with a 15-3 overall record and as the CSA National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Runner-Up. The Bantams blanked Columbia, 9-0, and clipped Princeton, 6-3, before falling at Harvard, 9-0, in the Howe Cup Finals on February 18.
Sharaf posted a 14-6 record in this winter playing at the top of the Bantam lineup and is one of four players to rack up All-NESCAC First Team honors in all four years of her career. Sharaf also a four-time CSA All-American, posted a 57-19 record in her career. A graduate of October Language, Sharaf is majoring in mechanical engineering at Trinity.
LeCoq, an All-NESCAC Second Teamer in her first three seasons and now a three-time CSA All-American, finished her final season with a 15-6 record playing in the top third of the Trinity lineup. In her fine career, LeCoq was 61-16 and became just the eighth Bantam to accumulate 60 victories. She is a graduate of INSEP High School and is majoring in International Studies at Trinity.
El Din, an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree and CSA All-American as a rookie in 2016-17, was 13-4 playing in the top third of the ladder for the Bantams. A graduate of Manor House International, she is the daughter of Tarek Alam El Din and Azza Al Awady. Raj, the 2016-17 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and a member of both the All-NESCAC and CSA All-American squads last year, led the Bantams in winning percentage with a 10-1 record (.909) this winter after missing the first half of the campaign with an injury. A graduate of the Russian National Research Medical High School, she is the daughter of Robert and Flomina Gnanasigamani.
Teh went 16-3 in her first season, leading Trinity in wins and climbing from No. 6 to No. 4 in the lineup. Teh is the seventh Trinity player to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, joining Nayelly Hernandez (2008), Nour Bahgat (2009), Catalina Pelaez (2011), Kanzy El Defrawy (2013), Anna Kimberley (2014), and Vanessa Raj (2017). She is a graduate of Nukit Jalil Sports and is the daughter of Sui Leok Loh and Keng Chai Teh.
Bartlett was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by her peers. She wins the award for the fourth time in six years (2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18), as the Bantams breezed through the league tournament with 7-2 wins over Hamilton, Amherst, and Williams. Bartlett has guided Trinity to three Howe Cup crowns, most recently in 2014, while compiling a 406-109 career record for a .788 winning percentage. Trinity won back-to-back Howe Cup titles in 2002 and 2004, playing perfect for the two-year stretch with a 25-0 record, and finished as the Howe Cup Runner-Up in 2004, 2006, 2013, 2015, and 2018. Bartlett has coached 40 different players who have earned All-American squash honors in her 33 years as Trinity's coach.
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