Weekend Recap: Big Ten Champs Crowned

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On a weekend with a limited schedule, the most exciting action involved several new and emerging teams from the Midwest battling in the men’s Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.

photo courtesy of MetroSquash

Hometown favorites University of Chicago won three matches, but it was first-year program University of Michigan who stole the show with an unblemished 4-0 record. In taking out University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Indiana University, and University of Notre Dame, the debutante Wolverines were crowned champions of the Big Ten Tournament.

Down in Annapolis, Maryland on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy, the hosts gained some confidence with a weekend sweep of the competition. Both Haverford College squads performed well, with the only loss between the two programs coming in the men’s match against their hosts, Navy.

Up the Hudson River at Bard College, men’s teams from both the hosts (two wins) and Vassar College (three wins) swept their weekend competition.

The Ivy League Scrimmages were held this weekend, marking the opening not just for the Ivy League season, but also for University of Pennsylvania’s new squash center. With 12 courts, wide viewing concourses, and constant squash all weekend, crowds filled the new venue, offering glowing reviews for both the facility and the level of play. The Penn Squash Center will host the College Squash Individual Championships in early March.

In additional action, the Bucknell women grabbed their first two victories of the season against Colgate University and Bard College. Then, in regional action, local bragging rights went to Chatham University in Pittsburgh (over Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh), George Washington University over Georgetown in Washington, DC, and the Boston College women over Northeastern University in Boston.

Full results from the weekend, as well as upcoming matches, can be found here: Women and Men.