The 2011-12 Crimson won its 13th national title by beating No. 2 Yale, 8-1 (photo Dale Walker).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, has announced the addition of three newcomers for the 2012-13 season. The student-athletes come to Cambridge from three countries, including the United States, Canada and India.
The three freshmen will join 13 returners in Harvard's attempt to repeat as College Squash Association national champions. The 2011-12 Crimson won the title after going undefeated (17-0) and sweeping three matches at the CSA Women's Team Championships. Top-ranked Harvard took down No. 2 Yale, 8-1, in the final at the Murr Center. Seven of the nine players in the Crimson's national championship winning lineup will return next season.
Isabelle Dowling, Riverside, Conn./Greenwich Academy
Lettered four years in squash at Greenwich Academy ... Captained the squash team as a senior ... Honorable mention All-Fairchester Athletic Association selection ... High school team won four team national championships ... Represented Team USA in the Ontario-American Challenge/Battle of the Border ... National Merit finalist ... Member of the Cum Laude Society ... Earned the Chinese Language Award ... Enjoys traveling and reading ... Her mother, Diana Edge '88, and father, Joseph Dowling '87, both played squash at Harvard.
Saumya Karki, Thane, India/Jai Hind College
Played varsity squash and basketball ... Captained the Jai Hind College squash team and Maharashtra at the Interstate National Team Championships ... Awarded the Certificate of Honor for commendable performance in 2003 by the Squash Racquet Association of Maharashtra ... Award the Rolling Trophy for the most promising girl player in India in 2005-06 ... Awarded the Certificate of Honor for winning the title at Indian Junior Squash Nationals in 2006, 2009 and 2010 ... Earned the late Raju Chainani Award for the most promising girl player in Maharashtra in 2005-06 ... Semifinalist at the World Junior Women's Team Squash Championships in the girls U19 division in 2011 held in Boston ... Bronze medalist at the 2009 (Sri Lanka) and 2011 (Chennai, India) Asian Junior Team Squash Championships ... Silver medalist at the Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship in 2011 in the girls U17 division held in Amman, Jordan ... Winner of the Sub-Junior/Junior Individual National Squash Championships in 2006, 2009 and 2010 ... Champion of The Little Masters All India Junior Squash Tournament in 2010 and 2011 ... Earned C.C.I. Western India Open Squash Tournament championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Won titles at the Bombay Gymkhana-HSBC Maharashtra State Open Squash tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Took Otters Open Squash Tournament titles in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011 ... All India School/College Individual Squash Open champion in 2006, 2007 and 2010 ... Earned championships wins at the Pune Open Squash tournament in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Received Honors Certificate for Securing "Distinction" throughout her academic career ... Awarded the Governor's Gold Medal for a seven aggregate grade ... Nominated as "The Times of India – Nie All rounder of the Year" in 2008-09 ... Nominated for the Principal's Medal for exemplary leadership in 2010 ... Represented Jai Hind College and was the runner-up amongst 350 participants in "Numero Uno" ... Member of the French Club ... Nominated as the Head Girl in 2009-10 ... Member of the Interact Club and Junior Branch of the Rotary Movement ... Appointed as a Road Safety Patrol officer ... Member of the Eco Club ... Enjoys reading, trekking and movies.
Michelle Gemmell, Toronto, Ontario/Branksome Hall
Five time Canadian Junior Closed champion … Five time Canadian Junior Open champion … Two time North American Junior Open champion … Fifteen-time provincial champion … Member of the Canadian National Junior women's squash team in 2011 … Silver medalist on the Ontario team at the 2011 Canada Winter Games … Honor Roll honoree in 2010 and 2011 and High Honor Roll award winner in 2009 … Plays the trumpet and piano … Father, Robert, was an All-Ivy hockey player at Cornell … Sister, Jennifer, captained the Cornell squash team in 2011 … Sister, Laura, is a member of the Crimson squash team and three-time All-American and 2010 CSA Individual Tournament champion.