New York City’s CitySquash and StreetSquash, and New Haven’s Squash Haven, controlled the winner’s podium this weekend in the thirteenth Urban Individual National Championships at Amherst and Williams Colleges in western Massachusetts.
A record-setting 449 players from fourteen NUSEA programs—and Squash Urbano Colombia, which made its first trip to urban individual nationals this year—marked the largest urban individual nationals to date. The students competed in boys’ and girls’ U19, U17, U15, U13 A and B divisions in what was the second year Amherst and Williams co-hosted the tournament.
“It was a thrill to see fifteen programs and so many students at this year’s Urban Nationals at Amherst and Williams, ” said Tim Wyant, NUSEA Executive Director. “This was Amherst’s second year as a host and Williams’ tenth, and both are excellent venues. It was also the first time we had students at the event from Capitol Squash in Hartford and Squash Urbano Colombia from Cartagena.”
Off the court, students took part in college application seminars, national urban squash writing and art competitions, and celebrated the graduating class of eighty-eight students.
Despite representation from all corners of the country and Colombia, the A division titles were shared by three programs: CitySquash Bronx, StreetSquash Harlem, and Squash Haven.
Squash Haven produced four A champions: Michael Rodriguez (BU19), Ashley Sanchez (GU19), Bethany Turnage (GU15), and Karen Escalera (GU13), as well as finalists Aaliyah Davidson (GU19) and Xitlali Zuniga (GU15).
Adding to her 2013 and 2014 U15 titles, CitySquash Bronx’s Tyla Mckenzie won her third consecutive urban individual nationals title in the GU17 A division final against StreetSquash Harlem’s Joetta Francis. Dylan Ram (BU15) and Caleb Boeteng (BU13) earned CitySquash Bronx a total of three A division titles, both against fellow CitySquashers—Axel Michaca and Jesse Sarfo respectively.
The BU17 A final was contested by two StreetSquash Harlem students with Richard Fagan defeating classmate Rodney Brent to win the title.