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Dunlop 2011-2012 Women’s College Squash Preseason Team Rankings

By Michael T. Bello | Published October 31, 2011, 7:00 AM ET | Updated October 30, 2011, 7:46 PM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSA Northampton, MA — Today, the Dunlop 2011 – 2012 Women’s College Squash Preseason Team Rankings were released.

Yale, last season’s national champions and Howe Cup winners, will be looking to repeat this season. The team they narrowly defeated in the Howe Cup finals, Harvard, is looking to take back the title. The Crimson have made several additions to the top of their ladder, which moved Harvard to the top spot in the preseason rankings.

A number of teams will be making moves as the rankings unfold throughout the season. Eyes will be on Columbia and Drexel throughout the season. The two newest members of the varsity sorority  should ascend the rankings.

Eleven schools improved in the rankings from last season: Conn College, Drexel, George Washington, Harvard, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Middlebury, Smith, St. Lawrence, Wellesley, and Williams. The following schools dropped spots in the rankings: Amherst, Brown, Georgetown, Mount Holyoke, NYU, Northeastern, and Yale.

Preseason rankings were based heavily on the team questionnaires returned for the 2011 – 2012 Season Previews, which included information on graduating and incoming players, and offseason training opportunities. Select schools have already commenced their seasons.  The results of these early matches were not factored into the preseason rankings.

Below are the 2011 – 2012 Dunlop Women’s College Squash Association preseason team rankings.  Listed after each school’s name is their final ranking from last season.

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