Jan. 23, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — While the 14th-ranked Navy squash team enjoyed a much-deserved weekend away from competition, the Mids’ No. 1 player, freshman Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.), traveled to the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware to participate in the 2012 US Junior Doubles Squash Championships.
In what was the largest field of competitors in the 24-year history of the annual event, more than 100 players took part in the weekend tournament. McGuinness teamed up with B.G. Lemmon, who is currently the nation’s 10th-ranked singles player (U19) and former title winner of the US Squash Father & Son National Squash Championships. Seeded No. 1 and seeking their second-consecutive team title in the U19 Open Division, McGuinness and Lemmon defeated two teams from New England before advancing to the finals against Canadians Thomas Osbourne and Eric Stephenson. Osbourne and Stephenson advanced to the championship by defeating the reigning Canadian National Champions David Reimer and Hussein Salemwalla in a five-game match.
Meanwhile, McGuinness and Lemmon, who did not drop a game in advancing to the finals, continued to dominate the tournament by defeating Osbourne and Stephenson in three-straight games. In taking the title, McGuinness became the first player to win the U19 Open Division four times, which includes a title win (his first) alongside his older brother, Trevor, who is a senior at Penn and serves as team captain of the squash team.
McGuinness also became the first three-time winner of the U19 Open Mixed Doubles Champion after he captured his third-consecutive title by teaming up with Olivia Feichter and remarkably did not drop a game en route to their 2012 championship. Feichter is currently the seventh-ranked singles player (U19) in the country and represented the United States on the 2011 Junior Women's Team. McGuinness won his previous title with Harvard freshman Amanda Sobhy, who was the 2010 Women's World Junior Champion.
In addition to his seven junior doubles national titles, McGuinness also holds three national titles as member of the team that captured the US High School Team Championships, including the 2011 team that he captained and played in the No. 1 position.
McGuinness, who stands 14-6 this season as the No. 1 player, and his Navy teammates will be back in action this weekend when the Mids play host to second-ranked Yale on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts. Navy owns a 19-4 record, while the undefeated Bulldogs are coming off one of the most talked about victories in all of college sports in recent memory. Yale dealt Trinity a 5-4 loss, derailing what was the longest winning streak in the history of varsity intercollegiate athletics. It was Trinity’s first loss since 1998, breaking a 252-match streak.
### Go Navy ###