Three-time intercollegiate squash champion Anil Nayar was awarded Harvard's highest athletic honor, the William J. Bingham Award, at last night's Varsity Club Senior Dinner at the Business School. Bobby Bauer and John Ignacio won two other important prizes.
In addition to dominating the intercollegiate tournament, Nayar also won the national title, the Canadian Championship, and several others in India, his native country. He was the first collegian to capture the U.S. crown since Germain Glidden '36 did so 33 years ago. In this three varsity seasons, captain Nayar lost only one match against a college opponent.
In the sixteen-year history of the award, three foreign athletes have won. Nayar is the first squash player ever to be selected. Jim Baker, who holds the Harvard mile record of 4:00.2, was the 1968 recipient.
Bauer, captain and MVP of last winter's hockey team, follows all-Ivy safety and Rhodes Scholar Tom Williamson as the winner of the Francis H. Burr Scholarship. This cash award is presented to the senior who combines academic and athletic excellence. Bauer now ranks as the tenth highest scorer in Harvard history.
The Jack Fadden Award, named for Harvard's amiable athletic trainer, was given to Ignacio. It recognizes an athlete who has overcome physical adversity to make a contribution to his team. Fallen arches and leg injuries have plagued Ignacio, who was a cornerback for the football team in addition to captain of this spring's baseball team. He now leads the Eastern League in batting.
Last year's winner, offensive end Carl Goodwin, had one of the longest injury lists in Harvard history. In addition to an assortment of comparatively minor ailments, Goodman broke his leg and ankle and had four operations.