By Anne Bello
Published Oct 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM ET

Clinton, NY — After making it to the C Division finals two years ago, Hamilton made the jump into the B Division last season. Though the Continentals were swept at the Women’s National Team Championships, their team scores showed improvement throughout the tournament. A 2-7 loss to Bates in the first round became a 3-6 round to Mount Holyoke in the consolation semis, which became a 4-5 loss to F&M on the final day of the tournament. Hamilton was in every match, making it clear they belonged in the B Division. The team only lost one player to graduation from the top nine, and with more experience, the Continentals should be able to reverse some of the scores from last year. The team will also be deeper, thanks to the addition of Lindsay Arader (Greenwich Academy) and Ann Pooley (Shady Side Academy). Arader is expected to play in the middle 3, and Pooley will compete for a spot in the bottom 3. Whether they win or lose, expect the Continentals to conduct themselves with class; sportsmanship and respect are as much of a part of the team’s focus as skill improvement and performance.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-9

Final Ranking: 16

Team Championships: 8th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jamie King

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Amanda Thorman (Second Team All-NESCAC; Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 2. Hilary Gray (Second Team All-NESCAC); 3. Claire Corroon; 5. Hannah Coffin; 6. Kelsey Bogle; 7. Izzy Weisman; 8. Elizabeth Morris; 9. Katie Rogers; 10. Hillary Kolodner; 11. Laura Russell

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships:  4. Alyssa Bawden (Second Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); Yoko O’Hara

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Lindsay Arader
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Ann Pooley

Team Goals: To emphasize and work on sportsmanship, individual skill improvement, team focus, and respect for teammates, coaches, and fans; to maximize the potential of veteran players.

Key Matches: NESCAC opponents, including Amherst, Bates, Middlebury; Franklin & Marshall; Mount Holyoke

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.