MIT Squash Competes at Individual Nationals

Freshman Tyler Finkelstein
Freshman Tyler Finkelstein

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Six members of the MIT squash team played in the first round of matches at the Division III Individual Invitational at Bowdoin College on Friday evening. Nationals will take place from Friday through Sunday.

In the B Division, freshman Dominic Hansford (Darien, Conn.) fell to Amherst College's Alexander Southmayd, but not without putting up a fight. He won the first game, 12-10, before falling in the final three, 7-11, 6-11, 11-13. In the A Division, classmate Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) dropped his match to Amherst's Noah Browne by a score of 7-11, 4-11, 6-11 and fellow freshman Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) was defeated by host Bowdoin's Stephan Danyluk 7-11, 5-11, 7-11.

Senior Viveka Mishra (Washington, D.C.), in the women's B Division, fell to Mikaela Johnson of Colby College, 7-11, 7-11 4-11, while junior Sarah Fay (South Hadley, Mass.) lost to Bowdoin's Sara Wlodarczyk in four games, dropping the first two 4-11, 5-11 before winning the third, 12-10, and dropping the final game, 8-11. Wrapping up the matches for the day was sophomore Marina Crowe (Swarthmore, Pa.), who was defeated by Randima Ranaweera of Mount Holyoke College, 4-11, 4-11, 2-11.

Returning to the courts the following morning, one of the Engineers walked away with a win. Fay dropped her first game to Wellesley's Meera Nayar, 8-11, before winning the remaining three, 11-3, 15-13, 11-7. She went on to face Samantha Rosado of Mount Holyoke later in the day, falling in three of her four games. She won the second game, 11-9, and droppedthe others, 8-11, 6-11, 9-11. Crowe fought hard against Paget Stanco of Tufts, winning the first and fourth games, 11-7, 11-6, but falling in the other three, 6-11, 6-11, 4-11.

On the final day of the Invitational on Sunday, Mishra also faced Nayar, falling in three games, 9-11, 7-11, 6-11, while Hansford had four close games against Connecticut College's Brendan McClintick, winning the first, 12-10, before falling in the final three, 9-11, 9-11, 10-12. Finkelstein played three strong games, ultimately falling to Middlebury College's Andrew Cadienhead, 9-11, 7-11, 7-11.

Next up for the Engineers will be the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals, which will take place at Harvard from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16.