Princeton Senior and co-captain Kira Keating won two upsets to win her draw at the College Individual Championships. The winners of the four 16-player Holleran draws earn four of the Second Team All-American honors.
Kira, who grew up in Chevy Chase and went to Potomac High School, was seeded 7th. After knocking out George Washington’s #2 player in the first round, she faced Grace Doyle, who played #3 for Princeton. Kira easily took the first game, then was trounced in the second. The third game was a real battle, with Kira edging out a 13-11 win and then closing out game four 11-7.
In the semis, she faced yet another teammate, Kate Feeley, who upset Dartmouth’s #1 and then Stanford’s #3 player. Kira prevailed 3-0.
As reported by Princeton University News:
Kira Keating came into the final day of her collegiate career with 48 victories for the Princeton women’s squash team, a remarkable total for one of the Tigers’ most consistent players.
Her 49th win, a marathon victory over one of the brightest members of the Princeton present and future, is one she won’t soon forget. It was the one that punctuated her career with an All-America finish. Keating defeated freshman teammate and 2018 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Raneem El Torky 15-13, 7-11, 11-7, 1-11, 11-7 to clinch second-team All-America honors.
The first game was a marathon, with both players trading points until Kira finally prevailed 15-13. El Torky took the next game 11-7, and Kira took the third 11-7. El Torky went on a tear, taking the fourth game 11-1 and then built an seemingly insurmountable 7-3 edge in game five. But the tables turned and Kira ran off eight straight unanswered points to clinch the win 11-7.