By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Nov 17, 2009 at 9:15 PM ET

College Squash AssociationNorthampton, MA — Today, the College Squash Association (CSA) released its 2009 – 2010 women’s college squash preseason team rankings.

The top eight teams remained unchanged from last season’s final rankings. Princeton, the three-time defending national champion, is looking to earn another team championship; however, Harvard and Trinity, who did not graduate varsity players last season, are looking to dethrone the Tigers.

Six schools improved in the rankings from last season: Dartmouth, Bates, Hamilton, Vassar, Colby, and Northeastern.  The following schools dropped spots in the rankings: Brown, Bowdoin, Tufts, Columbia, Franklin & Marshall, and William Smith.

Below are the 2009-2010 Women’s College Squash Association preseason team rankings.  Listed after each school’s name is their final ranking from last season.

  1. Princeton University (1)
  2. Harvard University (2)
  3. Trinity College (3)
  4. University of Pennsylvania (4)
  5. Yale University (5)
  6. Cornell University (6)
  7. Stanford University (7)
  8. Williams College (8)
  9. Dartmouth College (10)
  10. Brown University (9)
  11. Mount Holyoke College (11)
  12. Bates College (14)
  13. Middlebury College (13)
  14. Hamilton College (16)
  15. George Washington University (15)
  16. Bowdoin College (12)
  17. Amherst College (17)
  18. Vassar College (19)
  19. Tufts University (18)
  20. Wesleyan University (20)
  21. Colby College (23)
  22. Columbia University (21)
  23. Franklin and Marshall College (22)
  24. Saint Lawrence University (24)
  25. Northeastern University (26)
  26. William Smith College (25)
  27. Georgetown University (27)
  28. Connecticut College (28)
  29. Haverford College (29)
  30. Smith College (30)
  31. Wellesley College (31)
  32. Colgate University (32)
  33. University of Vermont (33)
  34. University of California Berkeley (34)
  35. Boston College (35)
  36. Drexel University (36)
  37. University of Notre Dame (37)
  38. University of Virginia (38)
  39. Vanderbilt University (39)