Two years after winning the Ivy League championship, the Princeton women’s squash team will enter the 2014-15 season with more than enough experience to feel it can make another championship run.
But head coach Gail Ramsay knows that it will need some young additions to the roster, and she feels good about her incoming trio that will comprise the Princeton Class of 2018.
Princeton needs to replace two spots in the varsity ladder, including the one left by four-time All-America Libby Eyre. Over the last two seasons, Ramsay has had to replace a pair of All-Americas; last season, she brought in the eventual Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Maria Elena Ubina, to replace Julie Cerullo ’13.
Top American recruit Olivia Fiechter, a member of the silver medalist 2013 U.S. National Team, could be the one to replace Eyre.
Fiechter, Kira Keating and Lindsey Scott have each risen to top spots in the national rankings at their respective age groups, and they will try to bolster a lineup that will return seven starters, including both Ubina and two-time All-America Nicole Bunyan.
Chestnut Hill, Pa. • Germantown Friends
Before Princeton — ranked No. 1 in the U.S. at the U-13, U-15 and U-17 levels … three time age group national champion (2008, 2010, 2012) and two-time U.S. Junior Open champion (2010, 2011) … competed on the U.S. National Team in 2013; played for the Junior National Team four times (2011-2014) … played for both the Germantown Friends School and the Philadelphia Cricket Club … two-year captain at Germantown Friends; team placed as high as fifth at team nationals … also lettered in tennis … four-year U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete … student council president.
Personal — born Sept. 15, 1995 … daughter of Bayard and Stacy Fiechter … has an older sibling Sam … both great grandfather and great-great uncle went to Princeton … enjoys tennis, golf and photography.
Ramsay on Fiechter: Olivia is the top US recruit in the Class of 2014. Olivia started her junior career at the top of the rankings and sustained that level through her junior career. Olivia was a member of the 2013 Junior Women’s U.S. team that placed second in the world to Egypt. That sort of experience will be a huge boost to the program at the top of our lineup. She will be a great addition alongside of returning player Maria Elena Ubina.
Chevy Chase, Md. • The Potomac School
Before Princeton — peaked at No. 2 in the U.S. national rankings at the U-17 level … earned Top-10 finish at the most recent Gold Nationals, winning the U-19 consolation; also won the U.S. Open consolation, beating the second-ranked player in Germany … earned All-America honors … served as captain for the Potomac School and led team to first ever berth in top division at high school nationals; team also won conference championship.
Personal — born Dec. 28, 1995 … daughter of David Keating and Holly Schadler … has two older brothers, Bryan and Geoffrey … both brothers played at Cornell; Bryan played No. 4 on Cornell during the 2013-14 season … enjoys cooking, nutrition and pottery; wrote columns on nutrition for The Potomac School … considering studying history or economics at Princeton.
Ramsay on Keating: Kira started her junior squash a little later than most top recruits, which delayed her ascent to the top of the junior rankings. Kira reached the top ten in her last season in the junior tour. Her improvement over the last three seasons has been so impressive. She will bring a great work ethic to the program and she really enjoys both the game and improving, so she will fit in really well.
Greenwich, Conn. • Greenwich Academy
Before Princeton — reached No. 1 at the U-17 level and the top five at the U-19 level … placed in the Top 8 in both the 2013 U-19 National Championships and the U-19 US Junior Open … placed third in the 2012 Connecticut JCT U-19 … led Greenwich Academy to four straight team national championships … went undefeated in her last two seasons, both as team co-captain … won the New England Championships at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions … four-year US Squash scholar-athlete.
Personal — born Sept. 7, 1995 … daughter of Edward and Britta Scott … has an older sister Nina and a younger sister Haley … uncle John Lewis played basketball at Princeton and graduated in the Class of 1979 … enjoys traveling, graphic design and golf.
Ramsay on Scott: Lindsey is a great player. She has been ranked in the top 10 of her age groups throughout most if not all of her junior career. Lindsey will bring some great international experience to the program with several years of summer play in Europe. I am excited to have her join the team.