Ali Farag Secures Spot in Tomorrow's CSA Individual National Championship

Sophomore Ali Farag will take on Ramit Tandon of Columbia in tomorrow's CSA individual national championship (photo courtes Dale Walker).

AMHERST, Mass. – Ali Farag swept two matches at the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championship today, moving him to the national championship tomorrow. Farag remained undefeated with the wins, as the freshman is 15-0 overall this season.

Farag needed two wins to get to the final and easily obtained them today. First, he beat Antonio Diaz Glez, 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-3) and followed with a win over another Bantam, Vikram Malhotra, in the semifinals. Farag swept Malhotra, 3-0 (13-11, 11-1, 11-4).

Farag, a Cairo, Egypt native, is looking to become Harvard's 34th individual national champion and first since Colin West '10 won in 2010. The sophomore will battle Ramit Tandon, the tournament's No. 2 seed, at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Tandon beat No. 3-seed Todd Harrity of Princeton, 3-0, in the other semifinal.

On the consolation side, Brandon McLaughlin advanced to the second round consolation semifinals before falling. McLaughlin trumped Rochester's Joe Chapman, 3-1 (9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7), before slipping against Miled Zarazua of Trinity, 3-2 (6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2).