Nikhil Punwaney
Nikhil Punwaney
Height: 5-5
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
High School: Emirates International
Major: Computer Science

2016-17: Closed his collegiate career with a record of 11-5 as a senior … went 8-5 at position four, 1-0 at position two and 2-0 at position three … at the CSA Team National Championship was the only Engineer to register a point against No. 20 Brown University as he defeated Nicholas Pitaro by a 10-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 score … two days later bested Cory Litman of No. 22 Dickinson College 8-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10 on the final day of the team championship as MIT won two of its three matches in the tournament … won his only match of the year at position two against Joseph Kim of Boston College 11-2, 11-3, 11-1 and then won both of his matches at the third position against Joel Lavoie of Boston University (11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9) and Viraj Shah of Northeastern University (11-7, 11-9, 11-8) … posted victories for the Engineers over No. 22 Hobart College, No. 29 Connecticut College, No. 22 Dickinson College, No. 28 Tufts University and No. 24 Amherst College .... [SEASON STATS]

2015-16: Competed in 24 matches as a junior for an overall record of 17-7 ... went 1-2 at the CSA Team Championship as he defeated Henry Charman of No. 30 Bucknell University 11-1, 11-1, 11-0 ... tallied a record of 8-1 at the No. 2 position and 9-6 at the No. 3 position ... notched a season-best seven match win streak from January 15-January 27 ... [SEASON STATS]

2014-15: Concluded his sophomore season with an overall record of 13-13 ... competed in the first position, compiling a record of 8-8 ... played in the second position and won four of five matches ... Finished 1-2 at the Individual Division III Natoonals Midseason at Wesleyan University, earning a win against Connecticut College (12/7) ... Helped MIT win one of three matches at CSA Team Nationals (2/20-2/22) with a 7-2 win over University of Chicago. 

2013-14: Wrapped up his first collegiate squash season with a record of 10-7 … all of his matches were played in the top two spots, going 4-4 at No. 1 and  going undefeated at No. 2 with a record of 6-0 … won his first three matches in three games and, throughout the season, dismissed seven opponents in three games … at the CSA Team Nationals (2/14-15), he was the only Engineer to win both of his matches … won in five games against Hobart College (2/14) with scores of 4-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in computer science with a minor in economics ... interned at NASDAQ, McKinsey and LinkedIn … MIT MUN President … Vice President of the Undergraduate Association Alumni Affairs … MIT Mir chi Dance member.

High School: A 2013 graduate of Emirates International School, Jumeirah … Sportsman of the Year 2010 … GCSE Sports Award 2011 … UAE Squash Junior No. 1 … also played basketball, cricket, table tennis and badminton … basketball and cricket captains … Hamdan Award for academic excellence … Sharjah Award for academic excellence … Academic Award 2013.