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Men's Squash Adds Seven Newcomers for Upcoming Season

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.

The Harvard men's squash program welcomes seven freshmen to the team for the 2010-11 campaign. The Crimson, which finished last season with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Ivy League, returns nine players from last year's squad. Harvard concluded the 2009-10 season with a No. 5 ranking and finished third in the Ancient Eight and fifth at the CSA Team Championships. The class of 2014 is comprised of Marc Atiyeh, James Brooks, Nigel Koh, Peter Machtiger, Brandon McLaughlin, Thomas Mullaney and Gary Power.

Marc Atiyeh/Beirut, Lebanon/Notre-Dame de Jamhour
Before Harvard:
Played squash, basketball and handball in high school … Captained basketball team in high school … Seven-time Lebanese Squash Champion… Arab League runner up in squash in 2008 … Lebanese handball champion in 2009 … Lebanese basketball runner up in 2010.

Personal:
Enjoys video games and poker … Brother, Karim, is a senior at Harvard.

James Brooks/Baltimore, Md./Gilman
Before Harvard:
Played squash, volleyball and golf in high school … Captained squash, volleyball and golf teams as a senior … An all-conference selection in volleyball as a senior … Squash team posted a 26-1 record and was ranked fourth in the country in his senior season … Cum Laude Society member.

Personal:
Sister, Louise, played volleyball at Washington and Lee … Sister, Ellen, was on the UCLA swimming team and qualified for the 2004 Olympic trials in the 400 and 800 meters … Uncle, Rick Smith ’74, was a member of the Harvard crew … Cousin, Nick Smith ’09, was a four-year member of the Crimson men’s lacrosse team … Cousin, Penelope Smith ’11, was a member of the Harvard women’s lacrosse team … Cousin, Alastair Smith ’09, was a member of the Harvard squash team … Cousin, Emily Smith ’04, played ice hockey at Harvard.

Nigel Koh/Singapore, Singapore/Anglo-Chinese School
Before Harvard:
Played squash in high school … Served as captain of squash team … Awarded National Colors for squash three times … Received Singapore South Zone Colors Award for squash and school colors for squash four times … School won four “B” Division titles and a gold medal for the “A” Division … Placed sixth at the U.S. Junior Open in 2006 … Won the Hyundai Singapore Junior Open in 2004 … Placed second in the Masonry National Squash Championship in 2007 and 2010 and third in 2006 … Represented Singapore at the Asian Seniors Squash Championships in 2010 and Asian Juniors in 2005 and 2007 … Traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia to take part in a community service project at the Angkor Sunrise Childrens’ Village in 2006 and 2007.

Personal:
Enjoys soccer … Brother, Bryan, is a Singapore national under-19 squash champion.

Peter Machtiger/Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville
Before Harvard:
Competed in track in high school … Reached as high as No. 8 in the national rankings … Won the Hackley School Open … National Merit Finalist … USSRA Scholar Athlete Award recipient … AP Scholar with Distinction … Volunteered with Citysquash.

Personal:
Enjoys weightlifting, running and military history … Father, Bennett, was a member of the Brown men’s soccer team.

Brandon McLaughlin/Villanova, Pa./The Episcopal Academy
Before Harvard:
Earned five letters in squash … Captained squash team as a senior … Three-time All-Inter-Ac selection … Received the Wayne C. Astley Award for squash sportsmanship … Awarded the Mind, Body, Spirit Prize for excellence in athletics, sportsmanship and academics … U.S. Squash under-19 national champion in 2010 … Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. throughout the 2009-10 season in the U-19 division … Member of the U.S. national team that competed at the World Junior Squash Championships in 2009 … Mid-Atlantic Squash Association champion … Episcopal Academy won the National High School Squash Championship in 2009 and 2010 … Laude Society member … Spanish Honor Society member.

Personal:
Enjoys reading and video games … Brother, Devin, won the under-17 U.S. Squash National Championship in 2010.

Thomas Mullaney/Santa Barbara, Calif./Laguna Blanca
Before Harvard:
Played golf and squash in high school … Captained squash team in all four years … Ranked as high as No. 9 in the under-19 national rankings … Two-time U.S. Squash Scholar Athlete Award recipient … Won the 2009 Stanford JCT tournament … Placed fifth at the Penn JCT tournament in 2010 and sixth at the Yale JCT in 2009 … Finished eighth at the U.S. Junior National Championships in 2010 in the under-19 division … Valedictorian … AP Scholar with Distinction … Cum Laude Society … David Elkins Award recipient for outstanding character … Volunteer squash coach at the Santa Barbara School of Squash.

Personal:
Enjoys playing the trumpet and drawing … Father, Tom, graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1980.

Gary Power/East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme
Before Harvard:
Played soccer all four years of high school … Captained soccer team as a senior … Two-time Ireland national squash champion in the under-19 division … Won the U.S. national title in the under-15 division … Most Valuable Player of soccer team … Three-time all-conference selection … Named all-state and All-New England twice … Academic All-American as a senior … French Honors Society member.

Personal:
Sister, Siusi, is a member of the swimming team at Northeastern.