Article and image courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
For two seasons, Todd Harrity and David Letourneau were teammates at Princeton. Next month, two of the top men’s squash players in Princeton history will be opponents, as both were chosen to represent their home nations in the 2013 World Team Championships, scheduled for June 9-15 in Mulhouse, France.
Harrity, the 2011 individual national champion and a four-time All-America, is making his second trip to the World Team Championships. In 2011, he was part of a U.S. team that finished sixth overall, and that entire squad will return for the 2013 event. Joining Harrity will be U.S. veterans Jullian Illingworth, Christopher Gordon and Gilly Lane.
The sixth-place finish was the best ever for the USA in an event that has occurred every two years since the inaugural competition in 1967.
Harrity concluded his Princeton career last season with his third trip to the national final and second Ivy League Player of the Year honor. He led the Tigers to a pair of Ivy League titles over the last two years, though he will likely be remembered most for helping Princeton to a 5-4 win over Trinity in the 2012 national team final.
Ironically, the opposing coach in that memorable final, Trinity’s Paul Assaiante, will be the Team USA coach for the World Team Championships.
Like Harrity, Letourneau was a four-time All-America honoree, as well as a two-time Ivy League champion. He will be making his World Team Championships debut, thanks to winning both the pre-qualifying Selection Trials event and the final National Team Selection Trials events. At the National Team Selection Trials, Letourneau defeated both Dane Sharp (3-2) and Andrew Schnell (3-2).
Letourneau will join Shahier Razik, Shawn Delierre and Dane Sharp on Team Canada, which will be coached by Yvon Provencal.
Letourneau was seeded as high as No. 2 for the national individual championships, and he helped Princeton reach both the 2008 and 2009 national team finals. The 2008 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Letourneau was one of Princeton’s most consistent performers over his four years in Orange and Black.
Canada last placed in the event in 2007 (sixth), and it has finished as high as second (1997).