Dylan Murray already had a decorated squash career before he ever stepped onto a Harvard court. The five-time U.S. Junior National Champion and three-time Boy’s U19 U.S. National title-holder was also a 2013 WSF Men’s World Team Championship member.
This year, the freshman earned even more accolades. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and finished the season in the No. 3 spot, sporting a 13-2 record.
“Dylan is such a talented kid,” senior Ali Farag said. “He works very hard and I think he deserves much more than just that title. What he achieved wasn’t just for him, it was for the entire team.”
Murray started as the fourth player in the Crimson lineup for two games before moving into the top three. In his first year, he helped the No. 1-ranked Crimson to an 18-0 record with 12 9-0 shutouts. The freshman had only two losses. One was a forfeit due to illness, and the other came when he moved up to play at No. 2 against the University of Rochester’s Mario Yanez.
In an upset over Trinity, Murray defeated Vrishab Kotian in four games to contribute to the 7-2 win. He then went on to dominate Kotian again at the CSA Team National Championships.
“In the college scene, it’s about that maturity level,” Harvard coach Mike Way said. “So the question becomes if a player can learn quick enough to be able to handle that stress, and [Murray]…took it on. He’s grown into that role.”
At the end of the season, Murray garnered not just the Ivy League Rookie of the Year title, but was also a unanimously All-Ivy first team selection along with teammate Farag.
“Coming in, [Murray] was a five or six-time national champion so he knew he was a good player, but adjusting to college is difficult,” co-captain Brandon McLaughlin said. “He always had high expectations for himself and he lived up to them this year.”
—Staff writer Emily T. Wang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computational Science And Engineering Introduces Masters ProgramsFor the first time, the School of Engineering and Applied Science is accepting applications for its new graduate degree programs in Computational Science and Engineering. Students can now apply to pursue a Master of Science or a Master of Engineering in the field.
Joseph E. Murray Dies at 93More than half a century after Joseph E. Murray made history by conducting the first successful human organ transplant in 1954, he drove for four hours to attend the funerary services of an old patient—the man who had donated his kidney in that original surgery.
SEAS Anticipates Growth in Faculty Numbers
SEAS Dean Appointed To Advise Energy SecretaryCherry A. Murray, Dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since 2009, has been appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the U.S. Department of Energy announced in August.
With Space and Personnel at a Premium, SEAS To Increase Faculty by Nearly 30 PercentFacing constraints in manpower and space, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is set to make twenty new tenure-track hires and is preparing for its building projects in Allston, SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray told The Crimson in an interview this week.
America is Coming Apart, Libertarian Author Says at IOP