By Anne Bello
Published Oct 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 5, 2013 at 8:36 PM ET

Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA —  “Swarthmore entered ’12-’13 having lost the top three players from the year before, but the younger players definitely stepped up, and we only finished one spot lower at Nationals,” explains captain Jason Hua. This time around, Swarthmore is in a stronger position coming into the season: only one player from the top nine is not returning, and five new players will add depth to the lower half of the order. Sudarshan Gopaladesikan, who is returning from a year-long hiatus, should play in the middle three, as will Richard Ngo. Chris You, Azikiwea Green, and Nadeen Hamza are all expected to play in the bottom three. With the new players on board, Swarthmore is hoping to move up a division and compete for the Chaffee Cup. The team is planning more home matches at the Fairmount Athletic Club, and they are looking forward to starting the season by traveling to Bucknell for a tournament. “This team was built from the ground up just six years ago,” Hua tells prospective players. “We are a very tight group, and we remain close with our alumni. Swarthmore Squash is an opportunity to become a part of tradition in the making at a great school.”

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-10-1

Final Ranking: 45

Team Championships: 5th in the Serues Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Jason Hua (2015); 2. Faraz Hayat (2014); 3. Arjun Vishwanath (2016); 4. Ben Mercado (2014); 5. Collin Smith (2014); 6. Klarissa Khor (2016); 7. Harshil Sahai (2015); 8. Jamie Ivey (2014)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 9. Arjun Raghuraman (2016); 10. Prashant Arya (2013); 11. CH Wong (2015)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Sudarshan Gopaladesikan (returning from 1-year hiatus); Richard Ngo (New Zealand)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Chris You (New Zealand); Azikiwea Green (Atlanta, GA); Nadeen Hamza (Egypt)

Captains: Jason Hua and Collin “Teddy” Smith

Team Goals: Enter the Chaffee Cup (E) division

Key Matches: Lehigh and Haverford

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