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Dunlop 2012-2013 Women’s College Squash Preseason Team Rankings

By Michael T. Bello | Published November 6, 2012, 7:00 AM ET | Updated November 3, 2012, 7:53 PM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSA Northampton, MA — Today, the Dunlop 2012 – 2013 Women’s College Squash Preseason Team Rankings were released.

Harvard begins the season at the top of the rankings for the third consecutive year. The Crimson will be attempting to win their third championship in four years. Yale, Trinity, and Princeton will be looking to stop Harvard and regain the National Championship and Howe Cup.

Nine schools improved in the rankings from last season: Conn College, Drexel, Franklin & Marshall, George Washington, Hamilton, Haverford, Virginia, Wellesley, and William Smith.

The following schools dropped spots in the rankings: Boston College, Colgate, Georgetown, Mount Holyoke, Smith College, and Tufts.

Preseason rankings were based heavily on the team questionnaires returned for the 2012 – 2013 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. Teams that did not compete in the 2011 – 2012 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships or that competed in the 5-player Emerging Teams division were not ranked.

Below are the 2012 – 2013 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 (1)
  2. Yale University (2)
  3. Trinity College (3)
  4. Princeton University (4)
  5. Pennsylvania, University of (Penn) (5)
  6. Cornell University (6)
  7. Stanford University (7)
  8. Dartmouth College (8)
  9. Brown University (9)
  10. Williams College (10)
  11. Middlebury College (11)
  12. Bates College (12)
  13. Columbia University (13)
  14. Franklin and Marshall College (15)
  15. Hamilton College (16)
  16. George Washington University (17)
  17. Mount Holyoke College (14)
  18. Wesleyan University (18)
  19. Amherst College (19)
  20. Bowdoin College (20)
  21. Colby College (21)
  22. Wellesley College (23)
  23. Connecticut College (24)
  24. Tufts University (22)
  25. William Smith College (26)
  26. Smith College (25)
  27. Vassar College (27)
  28. St. Lawrence University (28)
  29. Haverford College (31)
  30. Virginia, University of (32)
  31. Boston College (29)
  32. Drexel University (35)
  33. Georgetown University (30)
  34. Johns Hopkins University (34)
  35. Colgate University (33)
  36. Northeastern University (36)
  37. Vanderbilt University (37)
  38. Rochester, University of (38)