CSA Awards Five with Scholar-Athlete Accolades

Junior Nikhil Punwaney
Junior Nikhil Punwaney

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The College Squash Association (CSA) named five members of the MIT Squash team as Scholar-Athletes this season.

Seniors Bowen Baker (Nevada City, Calif.) and Marina Crowe (Wayland, Mass.) alongside juniors Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.), Dominic Hansford (Darien, Conn.) and Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) were all chosen to represent the Engineers on the list of student scholar-athletes.

In order to be eligible for the award, squash student-athletes must be a two-time varsity letter winner at the school he/she is currently attending, have two appearances at the CSA Team National Championships, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) or higher, be a junior or senior, be enrolled at his/her current school for one-year prior to the present term and play a top-10 ladder position for the majority of scheduled CSA sanctioned matches during the season.

The MIT squash team had its best season to date as the Engineers compiled a record of 18-9, had two-student-athletes represented at the CSA Individual National Championship and registered the longest win streak in program history at nine games.

The Cardinal and Gray notched wins against five nationally ranked opponents, which included Hamilton College, Connecticut College, Haverford College, Dickinson College, Tufts University and Bucknell University. The Engineers also claimed wins over Bucknell, Stanford University and Dickinson each for the first time in program history.