Ivy Champion Women's Squash Welcomes Three Newcomers Into Class Of 2017
The trio of Gabriella Garr, Alexandra Toth and Maria Elena Ubina will try to help Princeton win back-to-back Ivy League titles for thefirst time in program history. They will also be shooting for Princeton’s first Howe Cup title since 2009; Jadwin Gym will serve as the host for the 2014 team national championships, and Princeton has gone 5-1 in the last two Howe Cups at Princeton, which includes the team’s 2008 championship run.
You can read background about the three recruits below, as well as quotes from head coach Gail Ramsay.
New York, N.Y. • The Chapin School
Before Princeton — ranked as high as No. 7 at the U-19 level … placed 11th at the 2012 national championships; also placed 13th at 2012 U.S. Junior Open … invited to represent the United States three times in the Battle of the Border … placed sixth in 2009 national championships … played No. 1 at the Chapin School and led team to fifth-place finish at nationals … placed sixth in the Baltimore Junior Championship Tour Event in 2012 … four-year U.S. Squash scholar-athlete … winner of the 2011 Merginoff National Essay Prize … winner of the 2010 Chapin Brock Athletic Grant … AP Scholar with Honor.
Gail Ramsay on Gabriella Garr:
Gabriella comes to us from New York City, where she learned her squash and developed as a player. She has had some great coaching and, since she is from New York, and has consistently played the adult squash league, so she has had the opportunity to compete against a number of different styles of play. I feel this will help her break into the top nine at some point this season. She is a hard worker and enjoys playing the game and she will be a great addition to the program.
Personal — born Oct. 25, 1994 … daughter of Andrew and Audrey Garr … father is a real estate lawyer; mother is a pharmacist … has three brothers: Justin, Ethan and Glenn … enjoys baking, reading Shakespeare, and watching baseball … will either study in the Woodrow Wilson School, or in the area of economics.
Richmond, B.C. • J.N. Burnett
Before Princeton — ranked among Canada’s top players, including the No. 1 ranking at the U-15 level … placed second at the 2012 Canadian Junior Squash Closed Championships (U-17) … finished third at the 2012 Canadian Junior Squash Open Championships (U-19) … won the 2013 U-19 Canadian B.C. Jesters … played one year of volleyball … member of the 2013 Principal’s Honor Roll … recipient of both the 2010 Textiles Award and the 2011 P.E. Award.
Gail Ramsay on Alexandra Toth:
Alex was one of Canada's top players at the U-19 level this past season. She was a late starter on the Canadian junior tour but she has worked very hard and has made some huge strides in developing her game over the past two years. I think Alex will continue to grow as a player and will add some depth in the middle part of our lineup once she adjusts to college squash.
Personal — born Nov. 13, 1995 … daughter of Patrick and Carissa Toth … father is a small business owner; mother is a homemaker … has two sisters, Anna and Andrea, and three brothers: Matthew, James and Joseph … enjoys running, cycling and baking … enrolled in the School of Engineering.
Maria Elena Ubina
Stamford, Conn. • Greenwich Academy
Before Princeton — ranked No. 1 at the U-19 level … selected for the 2012 U.S. National Team … competed for the U.S. World Junior team four times (2010-2013) … competed on the 2011 U.S. Pan-American Team … runner-up in the 2012 and 2013 U.S. National Junior Championships … won the 2011 U.S. Junior Open and the 2012 Pioneer Junior Open … led Greenwich Academy to the 2013 New England championship.
Gail Ramsay on Maria Elena Ubina:
Maria Elena is a wonderful player and has just come off a great performance at the World Junior Championships, where the team finished second behind a strong Egyptian team. She also reached the Round of 16 in the individual event, which was the farthest any American reached. Maria Elena will add strength in the top part of our ladder. The loss of Julie Cerullo is a big one but I feel Maria Elena will help soften the blow.
Personal — born Jan. 13, 1995 … daughter of Senen and Elaine Ubina … both parents are photographers … has three younger brothers: Senen, Julio and Alberto … enjoys surfing and photography … may study languages at Princeton.