By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM ET

Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, ME — The end of Bowdoin’s 2012 – 2013 season was nothing short of magical. The Polar Bears entered the tournament as the third-seed in the Walker Cup and after a series of 5-4 victories over Hamilton and Wesleyan, they returned to Maine with the C Division crown.  The Polar Bears are well poised to build on last season’s success. Tomas Fortson, Bowdoin’s head coach who is known for building teams that peak at the end of season, explains that the team is focused on working together, getting better, and competing well. Bowdoin’s top-4 players are returning, three of which are juniors. They will be joined by three experienced high school players, which should assist in filling the gaps left by graduating seniors. Although Bowdoin is viewing all matches as key this season, their NESCAC matches will be crucial as they attempt to improve on last season’s results.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-13

Final Ranking: 17

Team Championships: 1st in the Walker Cup (C Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Torey Lee (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC All-Academic); 2. Rachel Barnes (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 3. Michaela Martin (2014 – Scholar Athlete; NESCAC All-Academic); 4. Alden Drake (2015); 6. Sara Wlodarczyk (2015 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 8. Christiana Whitcomb (2014 – NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Emily Simonton (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 5. Monica Wlodarczyk (2013); 7. Bonnie Cao (2013 – Scholar Athlete; NESCAC All-Academic); 11. Allison Beeman (2013 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Gretchen Williams (2014 – Scholar Athlete; NESCAC All-Academic); Elizabeth Schetman

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster: Sarah Nelson (St. Mark’s); Chloe Polikoff (Greenwich Academy); and Perla Rubi (The Preuss School UCSD)

Captains: Michaela Martin, Torey Lee, and Rachel Barnes

Team Goals: Work together, get better and compete well.

Key Matches: All matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.