Trinity College To Host Pan American Squash Championships September 18-24

Andres Vargas '11, is organizing the event for US Squash.

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 9, 2016 - Trinity College will host the 24th Pan American Squash Championships at the George A. Kellner Squash Center from September 18 to 24. The Pan American Squash Federation encompasses squash-playing nations in the Caribbean, North, Central and South America. Seven gold medals will be at stake at the tournament in men’s and women’s individual championships, men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships, and men’s and women’s team championships. Andres Vargas 11, a former Trinity College All-American men’s player and assistant coach, is organizing the event for US Squash.

The opening ceremony of the tournament is set to take place Sunday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Trinity College's Oosting Gymnasium in the Ferris Athletic Center. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will be a featured participant in the opening ceremony.

“We are so very excited to have the Pan American Federation Games come to the United States for the first time,” said Paul Assaiante, Trinity men’s squash head coach and Paul D. Assaiante Associate Professor of Physical Education. “It is also exciting to think that we can showcase Hartford, Capitol Squash, and of course Trinity College.” US Squash recently announced that Assaiante has been named to the United States Squash Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Alexia Echeverria '17 (El Salvador)
More than one hundred top professional squash players from 12 countries will contest the 2016 Pan American Championships, also referred to as the Pan American Federation Cup, which are alternately contested for three years in between the quadrennial Pan American Games. Last year’s Pan American Games in Toronto saw Team USA top the medal table with six total medals. Former Trinity players scheduled to compete in the tournament include current men's assistant Chris Binnie '12 (Jamaica), 2016 men's captain Juan Vargas '16 (Colombia), former women's stars Catalina Pelaez '14 (Colombia), Nayelly Hernandez '10 (Mexico), Andrea Echeverria '12 (El Salvador), Pamela Larromana '12 (El Salvador) and Fernanda Rocha '07 (Argentina), Nku Patrick '19 (Jamaica), and current Bantam women's senior Alexia Echeverria '17 (El Salvador).

“We are proud to welcome all our fellow countries to the United States for a week-long celebration of squash, competition and friendship,” said Andres Vargas, US Squash Senior Manager of International Relations. “Hosting the pinnacle squash event in the region for the first time is another great achievement for the U.S. on the world stage. We look forward to delivering a great event for players and spectators. Regardless of where you are in the world, squash fans will be able to watch the live stream, follow live scores on Club Locker and each country’s social media channels in real-time during the events – an unthinkable achievement when this movement first started back in 1991 in Medellin, Colombia.”

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