By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 19, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 10:23 PM ET

George Washington University Washington, DC — After qualifying for the 2014 – 2015 Howe Cup, George Washington was back in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) at the 2016 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. The Colonials intend to return to the top division this season. The team has five first-year players joining the squad, which will help offset the loss of three seniors. According to assistant coach Anderson Good, “We have a great mix of upperclassmen and freshmen on the team this year. We brought in a really strong freshmen class, one of the best in several years, and we have our sights set on qualifying for the Howe Cup.” Captaining the Colonials will be Breanne Flynn, who was a Second Team All-American last season and has also represented Ireland at the junior and senior levels. “Our team is going to be a great mix of inexperienced and experienced players. We have a great team dynamic, and we expect to have a much stronger season than last year and improve our ranking,” adds Good. For George Washington to accomplish its goal of returning to the Howe Cup, the team will need to increase its win percentage in the middle and lower thirds of the line-up.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-9

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 3… Top 3 Win%: .611… Middle 3 Win%: .444… Lower 3 Win%: .389…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Lawrence

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Breann Flynn (2017 – Second Team All-American); 3. Abigail Shonrock (2018); 6. Mary Jo Mahfood (2018); 7. Mehak Chawla (2017); 8. Brooke Feldman (2019); 9. Ginger Sands (2018); 10. Jessica Perkins (2017); 11. Erica Chemtob (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Anna Porras (2016 – Second Team All-American, CSA Scholar-Athlete)); 4. Alexa Tzarnas (2016); 5. Emely Levyn (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Engy Elmandouh (Choate Rosemary Hall – Cairo, Egypt)
  • Emma Tryon (Suffield Academy – Hartford, CT)
  • Elle Carroll (Taft School – New York, NY)
  • Samira Baird (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy – Philadelphia, PA)
  • Isobel Brinkworth (Nichols School – Buffalo, NY)

Captain: Breanne Flynn

Team Goals: Improve our ranking from last year

Key Matches: All matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2016-2017 College Squash Season Previews page.