By Anne Bello
Published Oct 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM ET

Trinity College Hartford, CT — Seeded fourth coming into the 2013 Women’s National Team Championships, Trinity was a surprise finalist after upsetting top-seeded Princeton in the semis. The Bantams came within a match of taking the national title from defending national champions Harvard. With all but one starter from last season returning, Trinity is poised to make another run at the national title. Newcomer Alexia Echeverria is expected to play in the middle of the order, filling the gap left by senior captain Robyn Hodgson; Brice Rothenberg will also be joining the team. “We are a dynamic team!” says head coach Wendy Bartlett. “We are also a diverse team, with players from all over the world, who bond together to ‘Unite and Fight’!” Vikram Malhotra, a former All-American for the Trinity men, will be joining the Bantams as an assistant coach. There is another exciting development in Hartford. “In January, Trinity will be the site for a new NUSEA program,” Bartlett explains. “The players will be very involved in teaching and mentoring the kids.” If the Bantams have their way, the NUSEA students will be mentored by national champions.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 16-3

Final Ranking: 2

Team Championships: 2nd in the Howe Cup (A Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Bartlett (NESCAC Coach of the Year)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Kanzy El Defrawy (2016 – First Team All-American; First Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC Player of the Year; NESCAC Rookie of the Year); 2. Catalina Pelaez (2014 – First Team All-American; First Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 3. Wee Nee Low (2014 – Honorable Mention All-American; First Team All-NESCAC); 4. Ashley Tidman (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 6. Natalie Babjukova (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC All-Academic); 7. Sachika Balvani (2016); 8. Jennifer Pelletier (2014); 9. Chanel Erasmus (2015); 10. Katiria Sanchez (2016); 11. Halley Cruice (2015); 12. Melva Lopez; and 13. Lindsay McDonough

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 5. Robyn Hodgson (2013 – Second Team All-NESCAC)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Alexia Echeverria
  • Other addition: Brice Rothenberg

Captains: Catalina Pelaez and Melva Lopez

Team Goals: Win the Howe Cup

Key Matches: Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale

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