By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 10:00 PM ET

Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD — With only three victories entering the 2014 – 2015 Team Championships, Johns Hopkins won two matches to finish the season ranked 35th. The Blue Jays hope to re-enter the top 30s in the rankings this season. This could be a challenging goal given the rise of a number of teams in the high 20s to low 30s. Co-captain Noel Swanson recognizes this fact and points out Georgetown and Chicago in particular. “We are looking forward to playing Georgetown, as they have been very tough competitors in the past. In addition, we consider UChicago to be a key match after a disappointing loss last season,” he states. The Blue Jays did not gain any experience in 5-4 matches last season; however, they played and lost four 6-3 matches. The team will need to focus and be in winnable matches to achieve their top 30 aspirations.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-7

Final Ranking: 35

Team Championships: 3rd in the Chaffee Cup (E Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.5278… Middle 3 Win %: 0.5… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4375

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Harrison Finkelstein (2016 – CSA Academic Recognition); 2. Luca Pinelli (2018); 3. Noel Swanson (2016); 4. Stefan Reichenstein (2016); 5. Phil Shin (2018); 6. Anuj Mehndiratta (2018); 7.  8. Patrick Sernyak (2016); 9. Harsh Kapadia (2018); 10. Jason Cui (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: Anderson Liu (2016 – CSA Academic Recognition); 11. Simon Osipov (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Rahul Reddy
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Jack McNulty, Sammy Bhatia, Eli Ross

Captains: Noel Swanson and Patrick Sernyak

Team Goals: Top 30 finish

Key Matches: Chicago and Georgetown

To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.