By Anne Bello
Published Oct 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM ET

St. Louis, MO —  A team from Washington University in St. Louis competed at the Women’s National Team Championships for the first time last year. In their championship debut, the Bears finished fourth in the Emerging Teams Division. This season, the squad is eyeing the nine-player divisions. Three new players will being joining the team and should help the returners make the jump into nine-player competition. The newcomers are Paige Landau, a Lancaster Country Day grad who has been playing since high school; Esther Koh, a beginner player who comes to WashU via Hutcheson’s Grammar School; and  Lindsey Callahan, a Greenwich alumna who also began playing in high school. The team will have two new international courts to train on this year, and they are planning several trips to compete and train outside of Missouri. “We are a newly emerged team, but have a lot of fun,” announces captain Alexa Lichtenstein.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 1-3

Final Ranking: 42

Team Championships: 4th in the Emerging Teams

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Alexa Lichtenstein; 2. Jennifer Fowler; 3. Marie Swarzenski; 4. Rachel Chung

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: None

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Paige Landau, Esther Koh, and Lindsey Callahan

Captain: Alexa Lichtenstein

Team Goals: To move into the nine-player division at the Women’s National Team Championships

Key Matches: Minnesota and Vanderbilt

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