Women's Squash Garners Five CSA All-America Selections

Pictured: Laura Gemmell posted a perfect 16-0 record during her freshman season.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Five members of the national-championship winning Harvard women's squash team have been honored on the College Squash Association All-America teams, the CSA announced Monday morning. 

Freshman Laura Gemmell received a spot on the first team, while sophomore Nirasha Guruge, junior Alisha Mashruwala, senior co-captain Johanna Snyder and junior June Tiong garnered spots on the second team.

Gemmell, a native of Toronto, Ont., compiled a perfect 16-0 record during her rookie season, as she captured the CSA individual title and the Ramsay Cup.  She owned a 5-0 mark at the CSA Individual Championships and went 11-0 during the year at the No. 1 position.  Gemmell also boasted a 3-0 mark at the CSA Team Championships and did not drop a game during the dual season.

Guruge, who hails from Colombo, Sri Lanka, earned her second straight nod to the CSA All-America team after compiling a 9-5 overall record.  Guruge boasted an 8-3 mark at the No. 2 slot and went 2-1 at the CSA Team Championships, including posting a win in the national final against Penn.

A three-time All-American, Mashruwala, finished 10-5 overall, winning two matches at the CSA Individual Championships.  A native of Mumbai, India, she owned a 7-3 mark at the No. 4 position and was 1-0 at the No. 2 spot.  In addition, Mashruwala won two matches at the CSA Team Championships.

Snyder posted a perfect 12-0 record during the dual season, including winning three matches at the CSA Team Championships.  A co-captain from Darien, Conn., she finished 14-1 overall after claiming two victories at the CSA Individual Championships.  She was 6-0 against Ivy League opponents during the regular season and went 5-0 at the No. 7 slot and 3-0 at the No. 6 position.

Tiong, who hails from Sarawak, Malaysia, earned her third All-America honors after compiling an 8-6 overall record.  She earned two victories at the CSA Individual Championships and boasted a 6-4 mark at the No. 3 position.  In addition, she posted a 2-1 record at the No. 3 slot during the CSA Team Championships, picking up a win in the national final against Penn.

Harvard completed the season with a 12-0 record, as the Crimson defeated Penn, 6-3, to claim the 12th national title in program history.  Harvard also won 17th Ivy League crown, going 6-0 in league play, and earned the Barhite Award, presented annually to the team with the best dual match record in the nation.