38 Days, 38 Sports: Women's Squash
As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event on Aug. 31.
Princeton Women's Squash • Ten Fast Facts
1) Squash was one of the original women’s varsity sports introduced at Princeton in the 1971-72 academic year. The others were basketball, crew, field hockey, swimming and tennis.
2) Former head coach Betty Constable, whose husband Pepper was a football standout at Princeton in the 1930s, is the most well-known name in the sport. Constable was responsible for establishing the collegiate division of the Howe Cup, a trophy which was originally awarded in 1928 and named for the leading family in women’s squash at the time — Mrs. William F. Howe, Jr., and her twin daughters, Peggy and Betty.
3) Five Princeton players have combined to win nine WISRA/CSA individual championships: Wendy Zaharko (1972, 1974, 1975); Nancy Gengler (1976); Demer Holleran (1986, 1987, 1989);
Katherine Johnson (1997); and Julia Beaver (1999, 2000).
4) The only woman to ever win all four national championships in her collegiate career was Penn State's Gail Ramsay, who has served as Princeton head coach since 1995.
5) Julie Cerullo '13 became the 12th Princeton player to be named to the All-Ivy League team all four years of her career. The others include: Patrice McConnell ’84, Demer Holleran ’89, Mary Foulk ’91, Hope McKay ’92, Jen Roos ’92, Katherine Johnson ’97, Missy Wyant ’98, and Elise O'Connell ’99, Blair Irwin '00, Julia Beaver '01, and Claire Rein-Weston '07.
6) Princeton has won 17 Howe Cup national team championships, including eight in a nine-year stretch (1973-1976 and 1978-1981). Most recently, the Tigers won national championships in three straight years, from 2007 through 2009.
7) Princeton has won the Ivy League title six times, and it will enter the 2013-14 season as the reigning champion. The Tigers upset eventual national champion Harvard 5-4 in January, a match that included freshman Rachel Leizman fighting off a match ball in her victory at No. 4.
8) Princeton will return eight of nine starters from its Ivy League championship team next season, including multiple members from each class: three rising seniors (Libby Eyre, Lexi Saunders and Alex Sawin), three rising juniors (Nicole Bunyan, Hallie Dewey and Alex Lunt), and two rising sophomores (Tara Harrington and Rachel Leizman).
9) This season, Princeton will look to make program history, as the Tigers have never won back-to-back Ivy League team championships.
10) Princeton will serve as host for the 2014 Howe Cup Championships. The last two times that the national team championships have been played at Princeton, the Tigers have either won the title (2008) or placed third and nearly pulled off a semifinal upset (2011).
Princeton Women's Squash • Five To Watch
|Junior Alex Lunt moved into the middle of the lineup last season and had a key road win at Yale.||Senior Lexi Saunders, a Holleran Cup finalist last season, could be a four-year starter in 2013-14.|
July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Heavyweight Rowing
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track & Field
July 19 - Women's Open Rowing
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse