By Anne Bello
Published Oct 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM ET

Providence, RI — Brown’s goals for this season include finishing in the top 10 nationally and reaching the Hoehn Cup finals. After having over 20 scholar athletes from the men’s and women’s teams during the past three years, the Bears are also looking to encourage even more players to work toward that distinction.

The team will likely be stronger after winter break, when number 5 Chris Holter and an number 8 Alexander Hsu return from study abroad. By January, the newest Bears will have also had time to acclimate to collegiate play. Avi Bhavnani of Pingry, NJ, is expected to play in the middle 3, and Neel Swami of Westminster School in Atlanta is expected to play in the bottom 3. Shane Fishback and Andrew Powers, both of Pennsylvania, will likely play around the top 10.

Brown also welcomes former Connecticut College assistant coach Pete Avitable to the coaching staff this season. Avitable succeeds Sean Wilkinson, who is now at Drexel.

“Our team works hard and values the friendships teammates make with each other,” says head coach Stuart leGassick.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-10

Final Ranking: 12

Team Championships: 4th in Hoehn Cup (B Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Stuart leGassick

Returning Players from Team Championships: (2) Bradbury Thompson, (3) Blake Reinson, (5) Christopher Holter (abroad in the fall), (6) Eamon O’Connor, (7) William Bryan (CSA Scholar Athlete), (8) Alexander Hsu (abroad in the fall), (9) Philip Holberton, (11) Charles Lebovitz

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (1) Adrian Leanza (Academic All-Ivy League), (4) Benjamin Clayman (CSA Scholar Athlete), (10) Evan Besser

Captains:  Brad Thompson and Blake Reinson

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Avi Bhavnani
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Neel Swami
  • Expected to play around the top 10: Shane Fishbach and Andrew Powers

Team Goals: To reach the top ten in the country and make the final of the Hoehn Cup.

Key Matches: Amherst, Columbia, Bates, and Bowdoin

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