Crimson staff writer
Callum J. Diak
Since joining the Harvard squash team in 2018, Marwan Tarek has drawn crowds and headlines alike. During a four-year tenure at Harvard, the senior has accumulated a collection of trophies and titles that could fill the case at the Murr Center on their own.
Harvard squash certainly has a decorated past – the team has a history of record-setting winning streaks, championing many Ivy League titles, and consistently taking home the College Squash Association (CSA) prize for the post-season success. And after what the Crimson squash program produced over the past two weekends of CSA team competition, Harvard also has a decorated present: both the men’s and women’s teams managed to overcome two very talented Trinity College squads to win the CSA team title for the fourth and eighth consecutive time, respectively.
It may have come as a shocker when the College Squash Association announced the pre-season rankings a couple of months ago. The Harvard women’s squash program, the seven-time defending champions, who at the time had not lost a match-up since 2015, found themselves relegated to the second spot. Ranked ahead of the Crimson was a Trinity College lineup with uncertain prospects after a disappointing 2022 Howe Cup campaign that saw the second-ranked Bantam fail to make the finals.
Harvard's men's and women's squash teams were nearly flawless in their first matches of the season. The men shut out each of their first two opponents, losing only two sets so far this season. Meanwhile, the women went a perfect 27-for-27 on sets in their season-opening win.
Harvard women's squash, winners of seven consecutive CSA national champions, are buoyed by the strength of three players from Egypt. Hailing from a country with a long, rich tradition of squash excellence, Hana Moataz, Habiba Eldafrawy, and Amina Yousry made their impact known on the Crimson.
With two new College Squash Association (CSA) team national championships already in the trophy case, the Harvard squash program set out this weekend to give players their chances to shine at the CSA Individual Nationals. Victor Crouin ended up winning the Pool Trophy, while Hana Moataz came in second in the Ramsay Cup.
The Harvard women’s squash team has been on a mission this season to solidify Cambridge, Mass. as the epicenter of squash in the country. And this weekend, it succeeded in doing just that by taking home a national title for the seventh consecutive season.
The stage was set for what was bound to be a legendary final for the men’s squash team nationals. With the score tied at four matches even, Harvard’s hopes rested on the shoulders of sophomore Ido Burstein, who managed to claim a straight-sets victory over his Penn challenger to secure the Crimson a third consecutive national championship.
For the past six years, Harvard’s women have dominated the college squash scene in a storm of rackets and rubber balls, winning five consecutive Ivy League titles and nine out of the last eleven College Squash Association (CSA) championships. Sunday afternoon’s showdown marked Harvard’s sixth and final Ivy League match-up this season. More importantly, the game also presented the Crimson with an opportunity to cap off a perfect league record and claim the Ivy League crown for the sixth year in a row.
Over the weekend, the Crimson men's and women's fencing teams faced off against some of the top-ranked teams in the country. Both Harvard teams managed to hold their own in such high-caliber competitions, with each emerging from the weekend with two wins and two losses.