Katie Giovinazzo Earns Prestigious Richey Award In Women's Squash
Senior Katie Giovinazzo, who won key matches in Princeton's 2009 Howe Cup national championship weekend as a freshman, earned a major senior honor in the final Howe Cup weekend of her career.
Giovinazzo was the 2012 recipient of the Richey Award, which is given annually to the women’s college squash player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership.
The award is named for Betty Richey. A graduate of Radcliffe College, Richey was a standout athlete who was named to the United States women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams multiple times. She began coaching and teaching physical education at Vassar in 1937, and over the next thirty years she launched varsity teams in women’s squash, men’s squash, field hockey, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis. Toward the end of her career she focused more of her attention on squash and was one of the founders of the women’s individual national tournament in 1965. After her retirement in 1978, Richey continued her support of squash by running the Howe Cup each year until 1984.
Giovinazzo, who swept her Howe Cup matches in 2009 to lead the Tigers to their third straight Ivy League title, played between No. 2 and No. 4 this season. She was one of two Princeton players to score a win over Yale in the Howe Cup semifinal, and she is currently ranked among the Top 30 nationally.
"Katie is so deserving of this award," head coach Gail Ramsay said. "She has exhibited great sportsmanship and has been an outstanding leader for her teammates. She represented Princeton with pride and dignity. I was so excited to see her receive this prestigious award from her squash peers and the College Squash Association coaches."