US Squash began naming All-Americans this season to recognize the top junior players who compete in high school leagues or tournament play.
Cameron Bahadori and Kira Keating were selected as the top players in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Organization, a regional high school varsity league that just completed its fifth season. Kira finished the season ranked #5 in the nation among all high school girls, while Cameron was ranked #42 among boys. Jeremy Barnes was selected by the coaches in the Washington Area Squash Association league, a local high school club team league that played its inaugural season as a US Squash sanctioned league. Jeremy finished the season ranked #102 among high school boys.
A strong field of National Capital Squash juniors competed at the US Squash National Championships and Silver National Championships. It is an honor to gain entry into either event -- congratulations to all NCS juniors who competed in these championship events!
Kira Keating was the sole NCS junior to compete in the National Championship, open to the top 32 players in the nation. This year's championship was held at Princeton University. Kira won 5 matches in GU19 to win the consolations, good for ninth place. She trounced two players she had never beaten before. Her only loss was a round of 16 match that had two tie breakers and her opponent went on take to fifth place.Silver National Championships (Philadelphia) Nghi Nguyen won the GU19 Silver Championship over her Potomac School teammate Isabel Young in a thrilling five game match. Both players had rankings high enough for … Continue Reading ››
Competing in this event is a major honor for any junior squash player -- it shows the player has reached the top 32 in his age group in the USA. Congratulations to Cameron Bahadori and Kira Keating, who qualified in the BU19 and GU19 divisions.
Kira Keating, who recently aged up into the GU19, finished 13-16th and is currently ranked #12 in the US. Cameron is the #1 ranked NCS junior boy and #40 in the US.
NCS juniors played well the first weekend this month, taking tournament victories in three out of four divisions, by beating back players from Baltimore, Richmond and Charlottesville.In BU19, Caden Petersmeyer cruised to victory, dropping just one game, in the final, to record his first tournament win. Ian Brown played up an age division and took third place. Nilay Neelaveni played up an age division into BU15, and battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the semifinal to win in five, before falling in the final in a match that included two tiebreaker games. Michael Lovegrove took third. Charlie Thomas won all three of his matches without dropping a game to clinch his second impressive tournament win this season in BU11.
Shalika Neelaveni played up an age division and won all her matches by 3-0 scores to clinch the title in GU15, … Continue Reading ››
NCS players won a number of great victories at this tournament, played in February at the Sports Club/LA in Washington DC. Unseeded Ryan Lovallo won in BU15 in a deep 12-player field with competitors from five states and DC. Michael Lovegrove, also unseeded, came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat the #1 seed 13-11 in the fifth. He then took third place. Jeremy Barnes played up a division and won BU19 without dropping a game.
Sophia Yazigi win GU15, winning all her matches 3-0 on the way to her first tournament victory. Anna Wasserman played in her first ever tournament in GU19, and clinched the deciding match in five games to secure the win.
Bryan Keating, a 2010 graduate of The Potomac School from Chevy Chase, MD, was named the men's College Squash Player of the Week in February. Now a junior at Cornell University, Keating won the honor for delivering the deciding fifth team match win for Cornell over previously undefeated and #1 ranked Princeton. It was just the second time Cornell had ever defeated Princeton and it was the first home victory for the Big Red.At the team national championships two weeks later, Bryan was one of just three players in the top division to win all his matches by 3-0 scores. At the championship Bryan also received one of the College Squash Association's Scholar Athlete Awards. In April, he was named co-captain of the team for the coming season and received the men's team … Continue Reading ››