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

2012-13 (Senior):
Recipient of the Radcliffe Prize, which is given to Harvard's outstanding senior female athelte ... Earned fourth straight CSA first team All-America award ... Named to the All-Ivy Team for the fourth consecutive year ... Tabbed Academic All-Ivy for the third straight year ... Named a CSA Scholar Athlete for the second time ... Finished year 14-3 and ranked sixth in the CSA individual rankings ... Earned first win of the season by defeating Dartmouth's Corey Schafer, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3, Nov. 28 at the No. 1 position ... Edged Penn's Yan Xin at No. 2,  9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4, Jan. 12 ... Topped two-time All-American Libby Eyre of Princeton, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, Jan. 13 ... ... Dominated Catherine Jenkins of Columbia, 11-1, 11-0, 11-3, Feb. 2 matchup ... Defeated Cornell's Jesse Pacheco, 11-7, 13-11, 11-8, Feb. 3 ... Outlasted 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year and first team All-American Catalina Perez of Trinity, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, Feb. 6 ... Rallied to defeat Katie Ballaine of Yale, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 Feb. 12 ... Bested Stanford's Kerrie Sample, 15-13, 11-5, 11-9, in the CSA Howe Cup Quarterfinals Feb. 15 ... Reached the quarterfinals of the CSA individual national championship tournament March 1-3 ... Was accepted in the MSc in Clinical Embryology program at the University of Oxford

2011-12 (Junior):
Named to CSA All-America first team ... Earned Academic All-Ivy League honors ... Finished the season 14-3 overall, including 9-1 in the No. 2 position ... Named to the All-Ivy League first team ... CSA Scholar Athlete ... Missed the first two matches of the season ... Made season debut with wins against Corey Schafer (Dartmouth), 3-1, and Elena Laird (Middlebury), 3-0, in the No. 1 position Nov. 30 ... Helped the Crimson to a win, 8-1, over No. 5 Trinity Jan. 21 with a sweep of Alicia Rodriguez in the No. 2 spot ... Went 3-0 in the Howe Cup, including a 3-0 win over Kimberley Hay of Yale, to help Harvard earn its 13th national championship Feb. 26 ... Advanced to the semifinals at the CSA individual national championship tournament March 4.

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.

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.

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