ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Nirasha Guruge
Nirasha Guruge
Year: Senior
Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka
High School: Elizabeth Moir School
Major: Economics
House Affiliation: Winthrop

2011-12 (Senior):
Finished the season 15-3 overall, including 9-1 in the No. 3 position ... Second team All-America selection ... Team co-captain ... Named a finalist for the CSA's Richey Award ... Named to the All-Ivy League first team ... Swept matches against Stanford and Williams Nov. 18 in the No. 1 position to help the Crimson start 2-0 ... Continued streak of sweeps to four with 3-0 wins over Rebecca Lau (Dartmouth) and Abigail Jenkins (Middlebury) in the No. 2 position Nov. 30 ... Helped the Crimson to a 8-1 win over No. 5 Trinity Jan. 21 with a sweep of Ashley Tidman in the No. 3 position ... Contributed a 3-1 win over Rhetta Nadas of Yale at No. 3 to propel Harvard to the Ivy League Championship Feb. 12 ... Went 3-0 in the Howe Cup, including a 3-0 win over Ashley Tidman of Yale, to help Harvard earn its 13th national championship Feb. 26 ... Advanced to the second round of the CSA individual national championship tournament.

2010-11 (Junior):
Named to CSA All-America first team ... Finished the season with a 12-5 record and was 8-4 at the No. 2 ... Swept Dori Rahbar from Brown to open the season (Nov. 19) … Defeated Stanford’s Kerrie Sample 3-1 … Downed Laura Henry from Williams, 11-3, 11-2, 11-2 …  Defeated Hannah Conant of Dartmouth, 11-1, 11-5, 11-3 …Won a five-set thriller over Cornell’s 16th-ranked Jamie Laird ... Won her first match in the No. 1 spot against Cheri-Ann Paris of Bates (Jan. 12) ... Won the No. 2 match in Harvard's 9-0 win in the first round of the 2011 CSA National Team Championship against Cornell ... Went 3-1 in the Ramsay division at the 2011 CSA Individual National Championship.

2009-10 (Sophomore):
Tabbed to All-America second team ... Named to All-Ivy League team ... Qualified for CSA Individual Championships ... Compiled a 9-5 overall record ... Boasted an 8-3 record at the No. 2 position ... Went 2-1 during CSA Team Championships, including a win in national final against Penn (Feb. 28).

2008-09 (Freshman):
Tabbed to CSA All-America first team ... Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year ... Selected to All-Ivy team ... Placed eighth at CSA Individual Championships ... Owned a 10-5 record mark and was 6-1 at the No. 2 position.

Background:
Captain of the Sri Lanka Junior National squash teams in 2005 and 2007 ... Sri Lanka National Junior colors both years ... Sri Lanka Senior National Champion in 2008 ... Sri Lanka Junior National Champion from 2003-2007 ... Earned silver medal at Sri Lanka 2006 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Games ... Won bronze in the individual at the 2006 SAARC Games .... Runner-up at the Milo Junior Open in 2006, a U-17 event ... Recorded the best GCE O Level results in 2005 in secondary school ... Father, Oliver Guruge, was the Sri Lanka National Squash Champion in 1981, 1983 and 1984 as well as the Sri Lanka Junior Nation Triple Crown Winner in badminton in 1971.