CSA Releases First Rankings of 2022

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The College Squash Association (CSA) released its first set of rankings for the new calendar year on Wednesday, still using head-to-head results to guide manual adjustments to the standings.

Each season’s return to play after the winter break always offers some intrigue and unexpected results, but the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has created new challenges for some teams who are in the heart of their seasons. CSA will transition to using its objective ranking algorithm in the next couple of weeks, but because COVID-19 is causing some matches to be cancelled or postponed, the rankings decision-making process may involve more of a subjective element than is usually desired.

In the women’s rankings, positioning in spots 10 through 21 will be up for grabs through the remainder of the season. Tufts find themselves at No. 12 after beating Bates and Williams before winter break. Bates, Bowdoin, and Middlebury have a triangle of results thanks to Bowdoin’s recent win over Middlebury, but the match scores favor Middlebury, followed by Bates and Bowdoin. Brown sneaks in the middle of the triangle at No. 17 thanks to its win over Bowdoin earlier in the season. Franklin & Marshall’s 5-4 win over St. Lawrence keeps them just above the Saints and Dickinson at No. 19.

Additionally, Georgetown continues their gradual ascent as a first-year program, settling in at No. 25 this week after their win against Conn College at the Pioneer Valley Invitational.

The men’s rankings stay steady through the top 16, but they get much more interesting in the next 10 spots. Bowdoin’s victory over Amherst creates a full square matrix with Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, and Dickinson. Bowdoin and Amherst have 2-1 records in that grouping with the match scores favoring Bowdoin at No. 20. Bates gets the nod over Dickinson at No. 22 thanks to stronger match scores than the Red Devils.

Continuing in that section of the rankings, St. Lawrence’s rebuilding continues with a win over Brown, placing them at No. 18 for now. Key matches in the coming weeks against No. 13 Chatham, No. 20 Bowdoin, and No. 22 Bates will further define their placement. Colby is the other moving piece of the puzzle, moving up to No. 24 after a victory over Middlebury.

To view the full set of rankings, please see below and visit the College Squash Team Rankings page.

Women’s Varsity Team Rankings as of 1/19/2022
Varsity Rank Overall Rank Team Previous
1 1 Harvard University 1
2 2 Trinity College 2
3 3 Princeton University 3
4 4 Yale University 4
5 6 Columbia University 6
6 5 University of Virginia 5
7 7 Drexel University 7
8 8 Cornell University 8
9 9 University of Pennsylvania 9
10 10 Amherst College 10
11 11 Dartmouth College 12
12 12 Tufts University 15
13 13 Williams College 13
14 14 Stanford University 11
15 15 Middlebury College 14
16 16 Bates College 16
17 17 Brown University 19
18 18 Bowdoin College 20
19 19 Franklin & Marshall College 17
20 20 Dickinson College 18
21 21 St. Lawrence University 21
22 22 William Smith College 22
23 23 Hamilton College 23
24 24 Wesleyan University 24
25 25 Georgetown University 27
26 26 Connecticut College 25
27 27 Colby College 26
28 28 Haverford College 28
29 29 Denison University 29
30 30 Vassar College 30
31 31 Mount Holyoke College 31
32 37 Bard College 32
33 39 Chatham University 33
Women’s Club Team Rankings as of 1/19/2022
Club Rank Overall Rank Team Previous
1 32 Washington U. in St. Louis 1
2 33 Boston College NR
3 34 Northeastern University 2
4 35 Colgate University 3
5 36 Boston University 4
6 38 Fordham University 5
Men’s Varsity Team Rankings as of 1/19/2022
Varsity Rank Overall Rank Team Previous
1 1 University of Pennsylvania 1
2 2 Harvard University 2
3 3 Princeton University 3
4 4 Trinity College 4
5 5 Yale University 5
6 6 Columbia University 6
7 7 Cornell University 7
8 8 University of Virginia 8
9 9 Drexel University 9
10 10 University of Rochester 10
11 11 Dartmouth College 11
12 12 Western University (Ontario) 12
13 13 Chatham University 13
14 14 Franklin & Marshall College 14
15 15 MIT 15
16 16 Williams College 16
17 17 Tufts University 18
18 18 St. Lawrence University 23
19 19 Brown University 19
20 20 Bowdoin College 22
21 21 Amherst College 17
22 22 Bates College 21
23 23 Dickinson College 20
24 24 Colby College 26
25 25 Middlebury College 24
26 26 Naval Academy 25
27 27 Hobart College 27
28 28 Hamilton College 28
29 29 Wesleyan University 29
30 30 Haverford College 30
31 31 Connecticut College 31
32 33 Denison University 32
33 37 Vassar College 33
34 40 Fordham University 34
35 60 Bard College 35
Men’s Club Team Rankings as of 1/19/2022
Club Rank Overall Rank Team Previous
1 32 University of Michigan 1
2 34 Boston University 2
3 35 Bucknell University 3
4 36 Georgetown University 4
5 38 University of Chicago 5
6 39 Washington U. of St. Louis 6
7 41 Northeastern University 7
8 42 University of Richmond 8
9 43 Duke University 9
10 44 University of North Carolina 10
11 45 Colgate University 11
12 46 Ohio State University 12
13 47 Lafayette College 13
14 48 Boston College 14
15 49 Northwestern University 15
16 50 Indiana University 16
17 51 Carnegie Mellon 17
18 52 Kenyon College 18
19 53 Vanderbilt University 19
20 54 University of Notre Dame 20
21 55 NC State 21
22 56 Swarthmore College 22
23 57 Xavier University 23
24 58 Navy (CLUB) 24
25 59 Davidson 25