ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Laura Gemmell
Laura Gemmell
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
High School: Branksome Hall
Major: Human Evolutionary Biology
House Affiliation: Eliot

2010-11 (Sophomore):
Named to CSA All-America first team ... Ivy League Player of the Year ... All-Ivy League first team honoree ... Tabbed Academic All-Ivy ... Harvard’s No. 1 … Finished the year with a 16-1 record and was 12-0 at the No. 1 position ... Opened the season with an 11-0, 11-5, 11-4 win over Sarah Crosky of Brown … Won straight set matches over No. 11 Pamela Chua of Stanford and Courtney Bogle of Williams in a doubleheader on Nov. 21 … Downed No. 5 Valeria Wiens from Dartmouth in three games … Dominated Cornell’s Jesse Pasheco, 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 ... Won all three of her matches at the 2011 CSA National Team Championship against opponents from Cornell, Trinity and Yale ... Reached the finals of the 2011 CSA Individual National Championship, losing the first match of her career to Millie Tomlinson in the Ramsay division finals.

2009-10 (Freshman):
Won CSA Individual national championship, claiming the Ramsay Cup ... All-America first-team selection ... Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year ... Tabbed to All-Ivy League team ... Compiled a perfect 16-0 overall record during rookie season ... Owned a 5-0 mark at CSA Individual Championships ... Named COOP Student-Athlete of the Week Feb. 1 ... Was a perfect 11-0 at the No. 1 position ... Boasted a 3-0 record at CSA Team Championships ... Did not lose a game during dual season.

Internatonal:
Helped Squash Canada finish fourth at 2010 World University Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Before Harvard:

Has won 21 national squash championships, including five U.S. Junior Opens and six Canadian Junior Opens … Claimed the Canada Winter Games gold medal in 2007 and helped Team Ontario win the Canadian Women’s Team Championship in 2006 … Member of two Canadian National Junior Women’s teams that competed at the World Championships … Placed third at British Junior Open in 2009 … Became the first four-time winner of the GU19 junior squash national title in Canada … Was the first Canadian junior squash player to be named to three junior national teams.

Personal:
Father, Robert, was an All-Ivy League ice hockey player at Cornell … Has played the flue since the fourth grade.