By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM ET

wesleyanMiddletown, CT — Over the past few seasons, Wesleyan has grown its squash talent.  Seniors Casey Simchik and Gwynne Hunter, who have played one-two for the Cardinals for their entire collegiate careers, will be joined this season by several talented first-year students: Grace Zimmerman, Tanesha Jackson, and Danielle Craig. Zimmerman may allow Simchik and Hunter to slide down in the ladder.  Jackson and Craig will battle it out with the seniors for the remaining positions in the top five.

With its new players, Wesleyan is hoping to enter the top 15 and compete in the Kurtz Cup.

This season also reunites former teammates. Ashley Garrett and Tanesha Jackson are both alumnae of StreetSquash.

Wesleyan’s Rosembaum Squash Center was busy all summer hosting squash camps, which included professionals David Palmer, Julian Illingworth, and Shahier Razik. Coach Shona Kerr will be sharing her experiences with these great players with her team during the 2009-2010 season.

2008-2009 Season Recap

Season Record: 12-15
Final Ranking: 20th
Howe Cup Results: 20th; 4th in Walker Cup (C Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Wesleyan's Elizabeth Larner

Wesleyan's Elizabeth Larner

Returning Players from Team Championships: Casey Simchik ’10 (1); Gwynne Hunter ’10 (2); Jenny Chu ’11 (6); Caroline Fox ’12 (8); Elizabeth Larner ’10 (10); Ashley Garrett ’12 (11); Meherazade Sumariwalla ’12 (13); Nina Wasserman ’10 (injured)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Liz Demakos (3); Andrea Giuliano (4); Keera Bhandari (5); Katie Kalafus (7); Rachael Gorbani (9); Lauren Russman (12); Madalina Ursu (injured)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster:

  • Returning from Abroad: Hannah Marqusee ’10
  • Expected to compete for at the top of the ladder: Grace Zimmerman
  • Expected to compete for positions in the top five: Tanesha Jackson and Danielle Craig

Captain: Casey Simchik

Team Goals: To earn a ranking position in the top 15 and be competitive in the Kurtz Cup (“B” division) of the Howe Cup (National Team Championships)

Key Matches: Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Colby, Connecticut College, William Smith, Middlebury, and George Washington

To read other team previews, please visit the 2009 – 2010 College Squash Preview Page.