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Four Women's Squash Athletes Selected to All-America Teams

Nirasha Guruge was one of four Crimson to earn All-America honors (Gil Talbot).

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The College Squash Association has announced its 2011 All-America first and second teams and a pair of Crimson have been selected to each. Laura Gemmell and Nirasha Guruge earned CSA first-team All-America honors, while Cece Cortes and Natasha Kingshott were selected CSA second-team All-America.

Gemmell, a sophomore from Toronto, Ont., finished the 2010-11 season with a 16-1 record, losing only in the CSA Individual National Championship. She served as the Crimson’s No.1 player, leading them to a runner-up finish at the CSA National Team Championship. Gemmell has already been selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year, as well as being selected to the All-Ivy League first team.

A junior from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nirasha Guruge completed the season with a 12-5 record. Guruge reached the semifinals of the Ramsay Cup at the CSA Individual National Championship before falling to eventual national champion Millie Tomlinson.

Cece Cortes, a junior from Cambridge, recorded a team-best 17-1 record this season. After completing the regular season and CSA National Team Championship with an undefeated 13-0 record, Cortes went 4-1 at the CSA Individual National Championship, winning the first-round consolation bracket in the Ramsay Cup draw.

A sophomore from Grennwich, Conn., Natasha Kingshott played to a 14-4 record in 2010-11. Kingshott reached the finals of the first-round consolation bracket of the Ramsay Cup draw before falling to teammate Cortes.

All four will return to the Crimson next season, looking to capture Harvard’s second national title in three years.