By Anne Bello
Published Oct 23, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM ET

Baltimore, MD — Johns Hopkins made tremendous strides last season. Not only did the Blue Jays move up from the Emerging Teams Division to nine-player team competition, they made it to the E Division finals, where they lost 4-5 to Cal.

“This is our third year as a team, and we have made incredible progress each year,” says captain Sasha Guttentag. “We suspect it will be nothing less this season. We really hope to make an impression on the CSA as well as our respective university, to encourage them to make the team Varsity in the next 1-3 years.”

Guttentag has good reason to be optimistic. The Blue Jays did not graduate any players, and though a few players will be abroad in the fall, the team will be at full strength for Nationals. At least two new players are expected to compete in the top 6. Hopkins will also be playing an expanded schedule with matches distributed throughout the season, which should help foster players’ improvement. The Blue Jays could have a good shot at the E Division title, unless they leapfrog into the D Division.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-4

Final Ranking: 34

Team Championships: 2nd in E Division

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Louisa Drake; (2) Sasha Guttentag; (3) Casey Macguire; (4) Lydia Hellwig; (5) Alison Bellows; (6) Serafina Boerger; (7) Hillary Paisley; (8) Sarah Saltz; (9) Dorothy Kim; (10) Madalyn Vershay; (11) Janelle Teng

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: None

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Jessica Teng
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Putarut (Sunny) Suntharanund

Captain: Sasha Guttentag

Team Goals: To finish at the top of their division

Key Matches: Navy Round Robin (Georgetown and Drexel), Haverford, and Virginia

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