By Anne Bello
Published Sep 12, 2010 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM ET

Baltimore, MD — The squash program at Johns Hopkins is starting to take off. Last winter, the Blue Jays sent teams to compete in both the men’s and women’s Emerging Teams Divisions at nationals for the first time.

All of the players on the men’s team will return this season. According to men’s captain Yen Theng Tan, several incoming first-year students have already expressed interest in joining the team. “From our previous roster of 6 regular players, we expect our roster to increase to 11 regular players for the upcoming season,” he says.

With more players, the Blue Jays may be able to move out of the Emerging Teams Division and compete in one of the nine-player divisions. Matches with Serues Cup  (“F” Division) and Hawthorn Cup (“G” Division) teams will help the Blue Jays figure out where they stand.

Members of the Hopkins squash program will also continue to volunteer with SquashWise, Baltimore’s urban squash enrichment program for middle-school students. The team trains at the Meadow Mill Athletic Club, where SquashWise is based, and the Hopkins players volunteer their time with the program every week.

2009-2010 SEASON RECAP

Final Ranking: 59
Team Championships: 58th Overall; 2nd in Emerging Teams Division

2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Peter Heffernan

Returning Players from Team Championships: Rajnush Agarwal (1), Yen Theng Tan (4), Simran Hundal (2), Ganesh Swaminathan (3), Alistair Fatheazam (5)

Graduates on Last Season’s Team Championships Roster: None

Captain: Yen Theng Tan

Team Goals: To finish in the top 45 and establish a solid foundation for Hopkins squash

Key Matches: “F” and “G” division teams

To read other team previews, please visit the 2010 – 2011 College Squash Preview Page.