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Women's Squash Welcomes Four Freshmen Into Class Of 2016

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/03/2012
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Princeton welcomes four freshmen into the Class of 2016.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Women's squash head coach Gail Ramsay has brought in two consecutive classes of young talent that has made an immediate impact on the varsity lineup. Ramsay is hopeful that the same can be said for the four-woman Class of 2016, which is on campus now and getting ready for the start of preseason.

Isabella Bersani, Tara Harrington, Rachel Leizman and Libbie Maine will join the team this fall and will compete for spots in a deep, strong lineup. The Tigers lost only one senior last year in Katie Giovinazzo, and they return a trio of All-Americas in Julie Cerullo, Libby Eyre and Nicole Bunyan.

Two of those four names are probably famililar to Princeton squash fans. Tara Harrington is the younger sister of Steve Harrington, who helped the men's team win the CSA national championship over Trinity last season; Libbie Maine is the younger sister of Emery Maine, who led Princeton to two Howe Cup national championships (2008, 2009).

The bios are below:

Isabella Bersani

Before Princeton — ranked in the top eight in Hong Kong at the U-14 level; also ranked in the Top 10 at the U-16 level … finished in the top eight at the U-18 level in the Hong Kong inter-school individual championships … runner-up in the A-grade level of the Hong Kong Closed championships … played for both the Chinese International School and the premier Hong Kong women’s division team … played number one on her school team all four years … also competed in rugby; helped rugby team to pair of Hong Kong titles … represented Hong Kong on the Junior women’s rugby team … National Merit Finalist … earned top awards in physics, economics, English and Chinese … earned top student-athlete honor.

Personal — born June 1, 1994 … daughter of Matthew ’82 and Molly Bersani … father is a lawyer; mother is a headhunter … has an older brother Cliff, a younger sister Allegra and a younger brother Clio … father graduated in Princeton Class of 1982; brother Cliff is in Princeton Class of 2015 … enjoys music and politics.

Tara Harrington

Before Princeton — ranked No. 1 in U.S. at the U-17 level and maintained a top-3 ranking throughout the 2011-12 season … ranked as high as ninth at the U-19 level; placed 10th at U-19 nationals … placed fourth at the U-17 nationals … has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 at her age level … played No. 1 at Penn Charter and won 55 of 62 high school matches; Penn Charter earned three top-four finishes at high school nationals … served as team co-captain … earned two varsity letters in lacrosse … earned U.S. scholar-athlete honor … named Team MVP as a junior … graduated cum laude … earned first-team All-Inter AC three consecutive years.

Personal — born March 24, 1994 … daughter of Stephen and Sharon Harrington … father is involved in investments; mother is a homemaker … has an older sister Shannon and an older brother Steve … Steve is Princeton Class of 2013 and was a starter on the 2012 national champion Princeton men’s squash team, which ended Trinity’s 13-year championship reign … enjoys traveling, running and golf.

Rachel Leizman

Before Princeton — has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 at her age level, including end-of-year rankings of sixth at both the U-17 and U-19 levels … earned several Top-10 finishes in national and international competitions, including a fifth-place finish at the 2012 junior nationals and a sixth-place finish at the U.S. Junior Open … reached the U-13 finals at the U.S. Junior Open (2006) … has represented the U.S.A. three times in the Canadian-American Challenge; had a key win to clinch the team victory at the 2010 Challenge … played twice in both the German Pioneer Junior Open and the Dutch Junior Open … coached by Nathan Dugan and Ian Power at the Cleveland Racquet Club … earned the DeRoy Junior Squash Sportsmanship Award in 2012, given by U.S. Squash … National Merit Commended Scholar … four-year U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete.

Personal — born Feb. 9, 1994 … daughter of Danny and Julie Leizman … father is a physician; mother is the managing director of the Power Squash Academy … has a younger brother Ben and a younger sister Lauren … enjoys traveling, reading and sports … may study Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton.

Libbie Maine

Before Princeton — won the U-17 Junior Silver national championship … ranked in the Top 30 at the U-17 level … coached by Rich Sheppard at the Springside School and Julie Harris at the Philadelphia Cricket Club … helped Springside to a B-draw victory at the national high school championships … served as captain of the field hockey, squash and lacrosse teams … earned first-team All-Inter-Ac honors for two years in all three sports … named team MVP in both squash and lacrosse … earned the P.S.R.A. Sportsmanship Award … graduated cum laude … earned the Vare Athletics Award and the Penn Book Award … honored for Head of Student Guides two years.

Personal — born Oct. 21, 1993 … daughter of John and Debbie Maine … both parents graduated from Princeton in 1983 … Debbie played on the squash team under legendary head coach Betty Constable … father manages institutional sales … grandfather, uncle and older sister Emery all graduated from Princeton … Emery was Princeton Class of 2011 and helped Princeton to two national championships … also has an older brother Jack … enjoys sports and service … may study Pre-Med at Princeton.







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