Farag boasts an impressive 44-2 career record (Photo Courtsey: Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Ali Farag of the No. 2 men's squash team has been named a finalist for the 2014 Skillman Award announced by the College Squash Association Monday afternoon.
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 was named for former Yale coach John Skillman, who led the Bulldogs to multiple national titles over 40 plus years leading the team.
Farag came to Harvard as a sophomore and has had an impressive collegiate career. In his first season in Cambridge, the Cairo, Egypt native went undefeated and won the individual national championship. As a junior, Farag fell just short of claiming his second national title when he narrowly fell in the semifinals to St. Lawrence's Amr Khalifa, 3-2.
Farag was the 2012 co-Ivy League rookie of the year, the 2013 Co-Ivy League Player of the Year and is a two-time All-Ivy honoree. He also garnered first team All-America honors as a sophomore and junior.
This season, the senior has been strong for the Crimson in the No. 1 position, posting a 12-0 record while guiding Harvard to a 14-0 overall mark. Farag has been an instrumental part in the successes of the 2013-14 season, helping Harvard down No. 1 Trinity to snap a 24-match losing streak in the series. Farag then led Harvard to a victory over No. 19 Brown to give the Crimson its second consecutive and 36th overall Ivy League title.
A decorated athlete in the collegiate arena, Farag has also played in 19 professional events. Most recently, he competed in the Tournament of Champions, where he won two matches in the qualifying and advanced to the main draw.
Farag is a finalist along with Nick Sachvie of Cornell and John Steele of Wesleyan. The award will be presented to the winner at the National Team Championship, Feb. 14-16.