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Governor M. Jodi Rell honors Trinity’s men’s squash team and coach

In a ceremony at the State Capitol in February, Governor M. Jodi Rell honored Trinity Squash Coach Paul Assaiante and the members of the team that won its 10th consecutive national championship at Harvard University on February 17.

“What a great honor. It really is impressive. Ten years. That’s just amazing,” said Rell, in accepting a Trinity cap with an X on the front to mark the number of championships won.

The Bantams defeated Princeton University, 8-1, a t h l e t i c s in the College Squash Association National Team Championship to clinch the Potter Trophy as the best team in the country. The victory extended the nation’s longest intercollegiate winning streak in any sport to 183 matches. Trinity had been ranked No. 1 heading into the tournament. The winning streak dates to 1998 when some of the current players were no older than seven.

In the finals at Harvard, Trinity victories were recorded by Baset Chauhry ’10, Rushabh Vora ’09, Manek Mathur ’09, Supreet Singh ’11, Simba Muhwati ’09, Parth Sharma ’11, Gustav Detter ’09, and Andres Vargas ’11. About half of Trinity’s team members come from countries other than the United States.

During the ceremony in the governor’s office, an official statement was read by James Fleming M’02, a squash player and currently a member of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control.

Trinity is a Division III college with an enrollment of just over 2,200 undergraduates, but it competes against Division I schools in squash. Trinity’s squash program has been written about by the Associated Press, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated, among others.

For a complete update on Trinity athletics, please visit www.trincoll.edu/athletics/.