Squash Haven’s Michael Rodriguez and CitySquash’s Joana Pacheco earned the A division U19 titles this weekend at the fourteenth Urban Individual Nationals at Amherst and Williams Colleges in western Massachusetts.
Pacheco, a seventeen-year-old, won her first A division title since claiming the U13 title in 2012, defeating StreetSquash’s Joetta Francis in a four-game final.
Rodriguez lost just one game all tournament—in the final against CitySquash’s Leondre D’amil—on his way to a second consecutive BU19 A title.
CitySquash swept the U17 divisions, where Tyla McKenzie successfully defended her GU17 title and last year’s BU15 champion, Dylan Ram, aged up to win a second consecutive title in BU17.
Zeinab Bakayoko earned a title for StreetSquash in the GU15 division, and Jesse Sarfo contributed to CitySquash’s total of five titles in the BU15 division.
CitySquash’s Lizbeth Barroso and Squash Haven’s Aboubacar Kourouma won their first titles in the GU13 and BU13 divisions respectively.
More than 400 players competed in boys’ and girls’ U19, U17, U15, U13 A and B divisions in the third year that Amherst and Williams co-hosted the tournament.
In addition to the sixteen U.S.-based programs, NUSEA’s international affiliate Squash Urbano Colombia entered the competition for a second consecutive year.
Off the court, students took part in college application seminars, national urban squash writing and art competitions, and celebrated the graduating class of seniors. Fifteen boarding school representatives and six college squash coaches gathered to meet the urban squash students and talk about their schools and admissions processes.
The Urban Individual Nationals was first played at the Groton School in 2003. From 2006-2013, the tournament was hosted solely by Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Starting in 2014, the tournament included competition at Amherst College. Students now compete and stay at Williams and Amherst Colleges.
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