By Anne Bello
Published Oct 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM ET

George Washington University Washington, DC — George Washington is on a mission: to crack the top 10. “We are determined to have a top 10 breakthrough season,” says head coach Wendy Lawrence. They may have the team to do it. “We have the deepest roster ever with all players returning and four new strong additions to the team,” Lawrence explains. Breanne Flynn, a former Irish #1 junior and a member of the Irish national team, is expected to play in the top 3. Mehak Chawla and Alejandra Porras, whose sister Anna became GW’s first All-American last season, will likely play in the middle of the order, and Jessica Perkins will add depth to the bottom three. Alex Gross, a former top player for Tufts, will join the Colonials as an assistant coach, following in the footsteps of his older brother Jake. The whole team will be working on improving strength and conditioning and raising their competitive focus. Finishing fourteenth in the nation last season was a program best, but the Colonials believe their best is yet to come.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-9

Final Ranking: 14

Team Championships: 6th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Lawrence

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Anna Porras (2016 – Second Team All-American); 2. Jackie Shea (2014 – Scholar Athlete); 3. Emely Levyn (2016); 4. Kelly Barnes (2014); 5. Alexa Tzarnas (2016); 6. Elizabeth Tapley (2014); 7. Sarah Allen (2016); 8.  9. Adriana Calderon (2014); 10. Becca Imrich (2014); 11. Catherine Ehrlich (2014)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: Maya Nair (2014 – Scholar Athlete – studying abroad in the fall);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Breanne Flynn (Loreto College – Dublin, Ireland)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Mehak Chawla (Union County Magnet HS – Scotch Plains, NJ); Alejandra Porras (Universidad de La Sabana -Bogota, Colombia)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Jessica Perkins (Middlesex School – Kingston, Jamaica)

Captains: Catherine Ehrlich, Maya Nair, and Jackie Shea

Team Goals: Move into the top ten

Key Matches: Columbia, Middlebury, and Williams

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