Men's Squash's West Wins CSA Individual National Title, Pool Cup

Pictured: Colin West finished his career with a 50-9 overall record.
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HARTFORD, Conn. --
Senior co-captain Colin West of the Harvard men's squash team capped a 16-1 season by going 5-0 at the College Squash Association Individual Championships, as won the individual national title and took home the Pool Cup.

West, a co-captain of the Crimson, swept the "A" Division national final against Princeton's Todd Harrity, winning in consecutive games. West took the first game, 11-9, before claiming game two in overtime, 13-11. West then clinched the national crown with an 11-1 showing in game three.

Harvard has now claimed the Pool Cup 33 times in program history, with Siddharthe Suchde '07 being the most recent recipient in 2007.  West enjoyed an 11-1 record at the top position in dual matches during his senior season and owned a 50-9 overall mark during his four years with the Crimson.  For his effort this weekend, West will also earn his third nod to the All-America team and his fourth selection to the All-Ivy League team.

In addition, West was also named the recipient of the Skillman Award.  The Skillman Award is given annually to a senior men’s squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career. This award is named for John Skillman, who coached at Yale University for forty-one years.  West is the fifth Harvard player to win the award since the trophy was first presented in 1984.

Freshman Jason Michas played for the "B" Division final, as he played for the Molloy Cup against Christopher Plimpton of Yale.  Michas took game one, 11-9, but dropped the second game to Plimpton, 11-8. With the match tied, 1-1, Plimpton went ahead, as he won game three, 11-4.  Michas tied the match in the next set, 11-9, but Plimpton outlasted him in the final game with an 11-9 showing.

Michas had earned a spot in the championship match by handing Princeton's Jesus Pena a 3-0 defeat, claiming all three games by 11-4 margins.

In the third round consolation semifinals of the "B" bracket, freshman Zeke Scherl fell in his bid to reach the finals, as he dropped his match to Williams's Ethan Buchsbaum in three games, 12-10, 11-5, 11-2.