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Harrity, Dinodia Claim Top Individual Ivy Honors; Trio Named All-League

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/22/2013
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The Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year: Todd Harrity (l) and Vivek Dinodia
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Both Todd Harrity and Vivek Dinodia were playing for championships on the final day of the collegiate squash season. Fittingly, both earned major individual honors after helping Princeton win the 2013 Ivy League championship.

Harrity shared the Ivy League Co-Player of the Year honor with Harvard's Ali Farag, giving Harrity two Ivy League Player of the Year honors in his historic career. Also a former Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Harrity advanced to his third national championship match this season and went 17-2 on the season.

Harrity, the 2011 national champion, and Farag, the 2012 national champion, split a pair of matches this season. Farag won the regular season showdown, though Princeton won that match 5-4 on its way to the Ivy League title. Harrity bounced back in the team championships, scoring a 3-1 victory over Farag in a match that ultimately went Harvard's way.

Ironically, both players lost their final match of the season to a player that wasn't even enrolled in college when the season began. St. Lawrence freshman Amr Khalifa, who has been ranked as high as 50th internationally, is a second-semester transfer who defeated both in the individual championships.

While Harrity earned his third major individual honor, as well as his fourth spot on the All-Ivy team, Dinodia capped his first season with Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. Dinodia, the 12th Princeton player to win Rookie of the Year honors, went 17-1 on the season and rallied from a 2-1 deficit in his final match to win the Molloy Cup.

Harrity shared All-Ivy honors with the sophomore duo of Samuel Kang and Tyler Osborne. Kang went 15-4 and won the second-round consolation draw during the Pool Cup (Individual 'A' draw), and his win over Harvard's Brandon McLaughlin was one of the crucial victories to help Princeton earn the Ivy title. Ironically, one of his most impressive matches came in a loss, as he pushed Farag through four tough games in the second round at the individual championships.

Osborne was the only Princeton player to go undefeated during the team season, and he was the only unseeded player to reach the national quarterfinals. He upset fellow All-Ivy honoree Chris Hanson, the sixth seed, in the second round, and he took a game off Khalifa before finally falling in the quarterfinal.

CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Todd Harrity, Princeton (Sr., Philadelphia)
Ali Farag, Harvard (Jr., Cairo, Egypt)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Vivek Dinodia, Princeton (Fr., Kolkata, India)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
*Ramit Tandon, Columbia (So., Kolkata, India)
*Nick Sachvie, Cornell (Sr., St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada)
Aditya Jagtap, Cornell (So., Mumbai, India)
*Chris Hanson, Dartmouth (Sr., Greenwich, Conn.)
*Ali Farag, Harvard (Jr., Cairo, Egypt)
*Brandon McLaughlin, Harvard (Jr., Villanova, Pa.)
*Todd Harrity, Princeton (Sr., Philadelphia)
*Samuel Kang, Princeton (So., Singapore)
Tyler Osborne, Princeton (So., Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Kenneth Chan, Yale (Sr., Singapore)
Hywel Robinson, Yale (Sr., Bridgend, U.K.)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in voting, the All-Ivy team was expanded to 11
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