The Harvard women's squash team won its 13th national title in 2011-12 (photo Dale Walker).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four members of the national champion Harvard women's squash team were named Scholar Athletes by the College Squash Association. Senior Cece Cortes and juniors Eliza Calihan, Laura Gemmell and Natasha Kingshott made the list comprising of the nation's top 41 student-athletes.
In order to be considered for the award, players must be a junior or senior, two-time varsity letterwinner and have a grade point average over 3.5.
Cortes, a two-time CSA All-American, went 11-2 in 2011-12. The senior clinched Harvard's second national championship in the last three years with a 3-0 win over Yale's Katherine Ballaine in the No. 5 position. The English concentrator also advanced to the quarterfinals of the individual championship tournament.
Calihan, a social studies concentrator, went 5-4 for the undefeated Crimson. She was 3-2 during matches in the top nine, including a 2-0 mark in the No. 6 position.
Gemmell served as Harvard's No. 2 player throughout most of the season and was named a first-team All-American by the CSA. It was her third consecutive first team selection, as she went 14-3 overall, including 9-1 at No. 2. Gemmell, who is a human evolutionary biology concentrator, was an important part of the Crimson's national championship run, going undefeated in three Howe Cup matches.
Kingshott, a government concentrator, played in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions for the Crimson this season. The Greenwich, Conn., native was 13-4 overall, including 5-1 during the Ivy League season. Kingshott also went 3-0 during the Howe Cup in the No. 6 position.
Harvard's four Scholar Athlete selections was third in the Ivy League. Brown and Yale led the Ivy League with five honorees each.