By Anne Bello
Published Sep 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM ET

Brunswick, ME — Though Bowdoin only advanced one spot between the preseason and final rankings last year, the Polar Bears showed significant improvement. A 6-3 regular-season win over Colby became a decisive 8-1 win over the Mules at the Women’s National Team Championships (Howe Cup). A 2-7 loss to Wesleyan in early February became a 4-5 nail-biter a few weeks later.

The Polar Bears have lost two players from last season’s top nine, number 6 Alex Peacock and number 1 Lauren Gesswein, who earned a NESCAC trifecta with spots on the All-League, All-Academic, and All-Sportsmanship teams. The five incoming players are all expected to play somewhere in the top nine, so expect Bowdoin to be deeper this year.

“Come and watch us play,” says head coach Tomas Fortson.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-16

Final Ranking: 20

Team Championships: 4th in Walker Cup

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: (2) Lizzy Warner; (3) Monica Wlodarczyk; (4) Elizabeth Schetman; (5) Bonnie Cao (NESCAC All-Academic Team); (7) Christiana Whitcomb; (8) Michaela Martin; (9) Gretchen Williams; (10) Louisa Cannell (NESCAC All-Academic Team)

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (1) Lauren Gesswein (First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic Team, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team); (6) Alex Peacock

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster: Demi Angelakis, Rachel Barnes, Alden Drake, Torey Lee, and Sarah Wlodarczyk

Captains: Bonnie Cao and Elizabeth Warner

Team Goals: To work hard, get better, compete well and enjoy each other

Key Matches: Every one

To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.