Johns Hopkins: 2014 – 2015 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD — After finishing last season as the 30th-ranked team in the nation, Johns Hopkins  would like to move into the top 26, their surprisingly specific goal for the year. The Blue Jays may just have the line-up they need to accomplish that goal. After losing three players from last season’s team championships, Johns Hopkins expects six incoming players to compete for spots in the starting 9. This will create a deep squad. After two seasons at the helm, senior Peter Wu is turning the team over to junior tri-captains Harrison Finkelstein, Noel Swanson, and Patrick Sernyak. Finkelstein states that Wu “was instrumental in the improvement of Johns Hopkins Squash over the past few years as captain for two seasons.”  As Johns Hopkins works to improve, their experience from last season in 5-4 matches will be valuable. The Blue Jays won two of three 5-4 matches.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-4

Final Ranking: 30

Team Championships: 6th in the Conroy Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 3 … Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 13 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Harrison Finkelstein (2016); 2. Peter Wu (2015 – Academic Recognition); 3. Michael Hur (2015);  7. Stefan Reichenstein (2016); 8. Noel Swanson (2016); 9. Anderson Liu (2016); 10. Michael Cunningham (2015); 11. Pat Sernyak (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Nathan Li (2014 – Academic Recognition); 5. Janvier Chalopin (2014); 6. Yoni Krupski (2014 – Academic Recognition);

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Luca Pinelli (Riverdale Country School)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Anuj Mehndiratta (Princeton Day School) and Philip Shin (Phillips Exeter Academy)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Harsh Kapadia (Cathedral And John Connon School) and Jason Cui (Mercersburg Academy)
  • Other addition: Simon Osipov (Bergen County Academies)

Captains: Harrison Finkelstein, Noel Swanson, and Patrick Sernyak

Team Goals: To break into the top 26

Key Matches: Hobart, Bucknell, MIT

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.