2003 Squash Season Preview

2003 Squash Season Preview

Oct. 24, 2003

The 2003-2004 squash season officially kicks off November 9th with the Ivy Scrimmages at Yale University; this date can not come fast enough for Brown's Squash Team. With the addition of three strong recruits to fill key positions, as well as a physically demanding preseason, this year's squad is eagerly awaiting competition.

New Additions One of the most touted recruits, Dan Petrie, will make an immediate impact in the top of this year's lineup. From Cincinnati, OH, Petrie was one of the top five juniors in the country, and also has experience playing at the international level. Patrick Haynes, from Phillips Exeter Academy, will also bolster an already strong lineup. One of the top players from Exeter, Haynes has recently spent time in New Zealand playing competitive squash. Lastly, Aaron Rosenthal comes to Brown from Weston, MA. Rosenthal not only played number two at Middlesex, but also led the team as captain.

Returning Members This year's team will be led by co-captains Brad Corona '03, and Jay Beidler '04. Corona, possessing perhaps the best short game on the squad, looks to do some damage at the top of the ladder. Finishing out last season with an undefeated record at the National Championships, Corona has set his sights on leading his team into the top division of competition. Jay Beidler returns after having completed one of the most individually successful seasons in Brown history. Boasting the best record on last year's squad, Beidler's uncanny ability to comeback and rally from being down should prove to give Brown important wins from the middle of the lineup.

Breck Bailey '06 will return after a successful freshman year playing in the #2 position. Bailey was invited to the Individual National Tournament, and finished the season with an individual collegiate ranking of 38 nationally. Dave Krupnick '06 also returns and is looking to play near the top of the lineup after moving between the #4 and #5 slots as a freshman. Brian Rifkin, also a sophomore, finished the 2002-2003 season with a 2-1 record and an undefeated run at the Team Nationals. Having worked on his game all summer, Rifkin is eager to move up this year's ladder.

Sean O'Boyle '05 is looking to play at the top of the lineup on this year's team. One of the best juniors out of New Zealand, O'Boyle ended his sophomore year with an impressive 2-1 record at the Team National Tournament. Gavin Watson '05, from the perennial powerhouse Brunswick School, has also had a busy off-season. After a successful sophomore year playing in the #8 and #9 slots, Watson is looking to move up this year's ladder.

Brown finished 9th in the country and captured the Hoehn Cup in last year's 2003 National Team Championship. Five Brown players went 3-0 over the course of the tournament.