The Harvard women's squash team will add four freshmen for the upcoming 2011-12 season, Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, announced.
The Crimson is coming off an 11-2 record in 2010-11, finishing second at the College Squash Association Team National championships. Harvard also posted a 5-1 record in the Ivy League, garnering a second-place finish.
Julianne Chu/New York, N.Y./The Chapin School
Member of the U.S. Junior National team in 2009 … Played the No. 1 position at The Chapin School … Also the No. 1 player on the badminton team … Represented Team USA in the CanAm: Battle of the Border … Three-time Hyder Trophy champion … Won the Athletic Association of Independent Schools 2010 badminton tournament and led team to AAIS badminton team championships in 2008 and 2010 … Two-time U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete … Earned magna cum laude in National Latin Examination … Sister, Elizabeth, is the captain for the Columbia squash team … Sister, Jennifer, was a member of the Cornell squash team and graduated in 2010 … Other interests include travel, culture and food.
Haley Mendez/Brooklyn, N.Y./Packer Collegiate Institute
Three-time U.S. Nationals finalist and three-time member of U.S. National team … U.S. Open finalist … Competed as a member of the men's squash team as the No. 2 all four years of high school … Served as team captain senior year … Represented the U.S. at the World Junior Championships in 2009-11 … Garnered the Baird E. Haney and All Casino Awards … Received the U.S. Squash Deroy Sportsmanship Award … Was the 2010 Frank Millet Champion … Was ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Girl's U17 and U19 teams … Was a 2009 U.S. Open Finalist … Four-year U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete … Member of the Cum Laude Society … Member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society … President of the Math and Art Clubs in high school … Volunteered at Street Squash Summer Camps … Also enjoys travelling and photography … Mother, Leslie, was the captain of the field hockey and ice hockey team at Wesleyan University … Other interests include travel and photography.
Megan Murray/Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville
Three-time U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete … Qualified for the U.S. Team for Battle of the Border/Ontario-American Challenge … Won the Spanish Junior Open in 2006 … Ranked No. 12 out of the top 16 U.S. junior women heading into 2011 World Team playoffs … Was a four-year member and two-time captain of lacrosse team … Was named all-league for lacrosse three times … CitySquash volunteer … Served on Bronxville Youth Council … AP Scholar Award recipient … Scholastic Achievement Award … Two-time high school lacrosse all-academic pick … Mother, Caroline Murray '87, was a member of the Harvard volleyball team … Grandmother, Alexandra Self, earned a degree from HRPBA in 1960 … Grandfather, W. Lee Young, graduated from Harvard Business School in 1961.
Amanda Sobhy/Sea Cliff, N.Y./North Shore
Won the 2010 Junior World Championship, becoming the first U.S. player to capture the tournament … Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 20 in the Women's International Squash Players Association … Four-time U.S. Junior national champion … Three-time U.S. Junior Open Champion … Winner of the William T. Ketcham Award for Most Improved Player … Winner of five WISPA tour titles ... Became the youngest person to win four WISPA crowns … Winner of the PanAmerican Championships team event … Was also a four-year member of the soccer team, playing midfield … National Honor Society … Science National Honor Society … Foreign Language Honor Society … Madrigal Singers Choir … Other interests include traveling, music, playing any type of sport and going to the beach.