More than 450 students representing eighteen Squash + Education Alliance programs are set to compete in the 2018 Urban Individual Nationals this weekend, held for the fourth year at Williams and Amherst in Northwestern Massachussetts.
CitySquash’s Joana Pacheco and MetroSquash’s Cameron Warren both return to defend their U19 titles. Pacheco leads the GU19 draw as the top seed with MetroSquash’s Makyla Kelley predicted to meet her in the final as the two seed.
Warren enters the BU19 draw as the three seed, with Santa Barbara School of Squash’s Sebastion Paredes leading the draw as the one seed, and Squash Haven’s Frederick Cisse seeded second.
In addition to on court competition, the Urban Individual Nationals celebrates academic success off court with a full slate of awards. A champion and finalist in each age group will receive a writing award and art award following the theme: “What is one thing about yourself that you hope never changes?”
Two eighth graders, one boy and one girl, will receive Future Star Awards, recognizing students who have outstanding commitment to urban squash and demonstrates commendable effort, character, leadership and integrity. Two graduating seniors, one boy and one girl, will named the Tyler Griffin Urban Squasher of the Year, which recognizes seniors who embody the values of urban squash: sportsmanship, effort on court and in the classroom, respect and concern for others, integrity, character and leadership.