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Six Trinity Women's Squash Players Earn Post-Season Honors In 2019-20

Six Trinity Women's Squash Players Earn Post-Season Honors In 2019-20

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's squash sophomore Sarahi Lopez (Zappopan, Mexico) was named to the College Squash Association (CSA) 2019-20 All-American First Team, while Bantam senior tri-captain Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia) and junior Akanksha Salunkhe (Vasco de Gama, India) both graced the CSA All-American Second Team.  Trinity also racked up no less than six All-NESCAC honorees, including junior Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) who was additionally recognized as the 2020 NESCAC Women's Squash Player of the Year.  Salunkhe, Teh, and Lopez received All-NESCAC First Team accolades, while Raj, senior tri-captain Lakeesha Rarere (Hastings, New Zealand), and sophomore Nadiia Usenko (Kiev, Ukraine) all graced the All-NESCAC Second Team this winter.  Trinity, coached by Wendy Bartlett (36th season), finished the year with a 15-5 record and captured its 14th-straight NESCAC Championship before finishing fourth in the CSA National Team Championships (Howe Cup).  

Lopez, who repeats on the CSA All-American and All-NESCAC First Teams, finished second on the Bantam squad in wins and winning percentage with a 17-3 mark playing in the top third of the Trinity lineup in 2019-20.  She went 14-2 in dual matches, including a 2-1 record in the Howe Cup and closed the campaign by going 3-1 in the CSA National Singles Championship "A" Division Ramsay Tournament to win the consolation title.  The 2018-19 NESCAC Rookie and Player of the Year, had reached the CSA National Singles Championship Quarterfinals as a first-year in 2019.  Lopez is a graduate of 3 University of Guadalajara High School, and is majoring in International Studies at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Maria de La Luz López Domínguez.

Raj, a four-time All-American and All-NESCAC selection, completed the best statistical season in the history of Trinity women's squash with a perfect 18-0 record in the middle of the Trinity lineup this winter.  She was the lone Bantam to go 3-0 in the Howe Cup and won one of the four CSA National Singles Championship Holleran Division titles, which feature the nation's top 17 to 80 players, for the third year in a row to close the season. She ends her fantastic Trinity career with a 64-7 record that ranks her fourth in Trinity history in both wins and winning percentage (.901), and won 10 of 12 Howe Cup matches.  Raj was a CSA All-American and an All-NESCAC First Teamer, as well as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2017, and collected both All-American and All-NESCAC Second Team honors the last three seasons.  A graduate of the Russian National Research Medical High School, she is the daughter of daughter of Robert and Flomina Gnanasigamani.

Salunkhe, who repeats on the CSA Second Team All-American, went 16-6 overall, 16-4 in dual matches, and 2-1 in the Howe Cup while playing in Trinity's top third this winter.  Salunkhe has won over 50 matches as a three-year starter for the Bantams, and won one of the four CSA National Singles Championship Holleran Division title, featuring the nation's top 17 to 80 players, as a sophomore in 2018-19. A graduate of Navy Children High School, Salunkhe is majoring in human rights and political science at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Kavita and Cmdr. Hermnat Salunkhe.

Teh, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree in 2017-18 and an all-league first teamer as a sophomore, emerged as Trinity's No. 1 player and posted a 12-5 record against the nation's toughest competition this winter.  She made the CSA All-American Second Team two years ago and the CSA All-American First Team in 2018-19 when she reached the CSA National Singles Championship Quarterfinals. A graduate of Nujit Jalil Sports High School, Teh is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree as a computer science major at Trinity.  She is the daughter of daughter of Sui Leok Loh and Keng Chai Teh.

Rarere, also an All-NESCAC Second Team selection as a rookie in 2016-17, wrapped up a terrific career in 2019-20 with a 10-5 record in the middle third of the Bantam lineup.  Rarere closed her excellent career as a Bantam with a 47-19 record, and was a 2017 CSA First Team All-American.  She is a graduate of Palm Beach Currumbin High School in Australia and is the daughter of Taina and Angela Rarere.  Usenko went 15-5 in the middle of the Trinity lineup this winter to give her 35 wins in her second season as a starter.  A graduate of Collegium Olimp, Usenko is also  2020 NESCAC All-Academic honoree as a language and cultural studies major at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Olesia Tretiakova and Oleksii Usenko.

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