Men's Squash Bolsters Roster with Four Newcomers for 2011-12 Season

The Harvard men's squash team will welcome four additions to the team for the upcoming 2011-12 campaign, Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, announced.

The Crimson is coming off a 9-6 overall record in 2010-11, earning a fifth-place finish at the College Squash Association Team National championships. Harvard also posted a 3-3 record in the Ivy League, finishing fourth in the conference.

The team returns 13 players from last year's squad, while adding sophomore transfer Ali Farag and freshmen Nick Hopcroft, Julian Kirby and Tyler Olson.

Ali Farag (sophomore)/Cairo, Egypt/Modern Education Schools
Ranked No. 1 junior player in the world … Ranked No. 79 in world in the Professional Squash Association's ranking among senior players … Won 2010 Junior World Championship … Spent his freshman season at American University in Cairo … Captained Egypt Junior squash team to world title in Quito, Ecuador in 2010 … Served as captain of Heliopolis squash team … Won British Junior Open … Other interests include soccer, tennis and music.

Nick Hopcroft/Weybridge, England/Wellington College
Member of squash, rackets and cricket teams at Wellington College … Captained squash and rackets squads … England International Squash representative at U-15, U-17 and U-19 levels … Member of English National Team … Earned No. 3 European U-19 ranking … Was ranked No. 1 among European and British players at U-17 level … Was the youngest person to win the U-19 British Rackets Championship at 16 years old … Uncle, Ron, is the 100-mile and 50-mile world record holder for long distance running.

Julian Kirby/Dover, Mass./Belmont Hill School
Member of squash and track teams at the Belmont Hill School … Captained squash team as a senior … U.S. Junior National Team member …. Owns No. 2 U-19 ranking … Boston Globe All-Scholastic in 2010 and 2011 … Two-time Independent School League MVP … Earned All-ISL honors in four straight seasons … Helped Belmont Hill School finish fourth at nationals in three straight seasons … As an individual, finished second in Scottish Junior Open … Played for the United States against Canada in Battle of the Border … Cum Laude Society … U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete … National Latin Exam Prize … Member of school's elite singing group … Other interests include golf and watersports.

Tyler Olson/Victoria, B.C./St. Michael's University School
Member of squash, cricket and track & field squads at St. Michael's University School … Two-time squash captain … Earned Athletic Director's Trophy for Athlete of the Year in 2011 … Ranked No. 4 in Canada U-19 … Won British Columbia Junior Closed Squash Championships at U-19 level in 2010 and 2011 … Finished second at Canadian Junior Nationals in 2008 and 2010 … Finished second with Team BC at 2011 Canada Winter Games … Other interests include sports, movies and traveling.