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The 2016 Ramsay Cup final between Trinity’s Kanzy El Defrawy (r) and UPenn’s Reeham Sedky. (image: Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com)

The Pool Trophy and Ramsay Cup will have new names engraved on them at the 2017 College Individual Championships this weekend. The top draws feature no men’s or women’s returning champions as the best college players descend on Dartmouth College in New Hampshire March 3-5.

After falling short in the 2016 Ramsay Cup final against Trinty’s Kanzy El Defrawy, University of Pennsylvania sophomore Reeham Sedky enters the 2017 draw as the title favorite. Sedky is predicted to face former U.S. junior teammate in the semifinals, Harvard’s Kayley Leonard, who reached the 2016 semifinals.

Harvard freshman and England international Gina Kennedy opposed Sedky as the two seed in the bottom half of the draw, while Egyptian junior Raneem Sharaf will aim to retain the Ramsey Cup for Trinity as the three seed.

Columbia is seeded for the program’s first Pool Trophy with junior Osama Khalifa leading the draw as the top seed. The 2015 finalist is predicted to face Rochester senior Ryosei Kobayashi in the semifinal, who became the Yellowjacket’s first Pool Trophy finalist in 2016.

The bottom half of the Pool draw is seeded for an all-Egyptian semifinal between St. Lawrence’s two seed Mohamed El Gawarhy and Harvard’s three seed Saadeldin Abouaish.

View all draws on the College Individual Championships tournament page.

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