Six regional skill level champions and finalists who earned free entry into the U.S. Squash Skill Level Championships with their regional performances, came away with national skill level titles at Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore, Maryland, this weekend. Ninety players from across the country competed in divisions as determined by their US Squash skill level rating.
The men’s 6.0 final was contested by the respective Mid-Atlantic regional winner and finalist, thirty-two-year-old Australian Wade Johnstone who briefly played on the Professional Squash Association world tour, and twenty-seven-year-old Waqar Mehboob who won a number of British Junior Open titles. Johnstone remained on top to win his first national skill level title in defeating Mehboob 7-11, 11-4, 11-1, 11-7.
In the Men’s 5.5, Great Lakes regional finalist Rahul Singh defeated national 50+ finalist Richard Millman 12-10, 11-2, 11-5 to win his first national skill level title.
Competing in both the Women’s 5.0 and Men’s 3.5 divisions, Mid-Atlantic regional junior GU17 and Mid-Atlantic regional Men’s 3.5 champion Isabel Young captured her first national skill level title in the women’s 5.0. Having also reached the Men’s 3.5 final, seventeen-year-old Young finished as runner up against Men’s 3.5 New York regional champion Noaman Hasan.
Forty-nine-year-old Southeast regional finalist Geoff Roper won his first national skill level title in his third national skill levels appearance, defeating Rarit Rao-Chakravorti in a four-game Men’s 5.0 final.
Adding to his 2013 4.0 and 4.5 national and regional skill-level titles, fifteen-year-old New York regional Men’s 4.5 champion Luke Park didn’t drop a game on his way to the 4.5 title against southeast regional player Markus Engelmann.
Seventeen-year-old Julia Potter earned her first national skill level title in her second attempt recording three victories in the Women’s 4.0, holding off Nicole and Jessica Powers who finished runners up with 2-1 records.
The Men’s 4.0 final featured two players in their first national skill level championships, in which fifteen-year-old Mac Awalt defeated sixteen-year-old New York regional champion Sam Duffy 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4.
The Men’s 3.0 final came down between the Mid-Atlantic regional champion and finalist, twenty-year-old Stefan Reichenstein and fourteen-year-old Ryan York respectively. York reversed the regional results to win the national title 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11.
View all results on the 2014 U.S. Squash Skill Level Championships tournament page.
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