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Men’s college rankings issued – Harvard falls to fifth
April 10, 2009, by Ron Beck, SquashTalk.com , Independent
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Rochester finished third, Yale Fourth

The US college squash organization today issued the final men’s rankings for the 2009 season (which ended five weeks ago). The delay in issueing the rankings was partly attributable to some debate over the role of the national team tournament in the final rankings.

The national team tournament — where a high level of engineering of the placement of the teams in the draws removes much of the possible drama of the event — this year had some unexpected turbulence in the "first division" (the National Championship division), where the University of Rochester scored a dramatic win over Yale to secure a top-four tournament finish and then consolidated that win with a victory over Harvard in the 3/4 match.

However, since Harvard did not meet Yale in the tournament, regular season results prevailed, with Yale achieving a number-four national finish and Harvard slotting in behind them at number five. Yale coach Dave Talbott had, several weeks ago, characteristically downplayed the rankings discussion. "It doesn’t really matter to us," Talbott told SquashTalk, "We know we had an excellent season. We had a terrific match with Rochester. It was a wonderful cleanly played match and they won fairly in an exciting finish. We had a good season and are satisified with that."

For Harvard, it is more of a blow to finish fifth. Harvard finished third in 06-07 and fourth in 07-08. Historical records are incomplete on this matter, but their fifth place finish may represent the lowest ever finish nationally for the Harvard men’s program.

There were several other notable results. F&M had a terrific season, finishing 12th. They were 16th the previous season. Also advancing year-on-year were St Lawrence, at 15th, Colby, moving up six places to 19th. Georgetown, moving from 41st to 26th.

Teams losing ground in 2008-2009 included Vassar, dropping a precipitous 11 positions to 43rd and Bowdoin dropping from 13th to 18th.

2008-09

Final USA Men’s Team Ranking

1

Trinity

2

Princeton

3

Rochester

4

Yale

5

Harvard

6

Cornell

7

Penn

8

Dartmouth

9

UWO

10

Williams

11

Bates

12

F&M

13

Brown

14

Navy

15

St Lawrence

16

Amherst

17

Middlebury

18

Bowdoin

19

Colby

20

Tufts

21

Hamilton

22

Denison

23

GWU

24

Northeastern

25

Conn

26

Northwestern 

27

Stanford

28

Hobart

29

Georgetown

30

Wesleyan

31

Colgate

32

Virginia

33

Drexel

34

MIT

35

Vanderbilt

36

USC

37

Cal

38

Haverford

39

Columbia

40

PSU

41

Kenyon

42

Purdue

43

Vassar

44

Fordham

45

Boston University

46

North Carolina

47

Washington

48

Vermont

49

Lafayette

50

Notre Dame

51

Bard

52

Bryant

53

Illinois

54

Swarthmore

55

Bucknell

56

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Year Winner Runnerup Scores
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1998 Michelle Martin Cassie Jackman  
1999 Michelle Martin Carol Owens 9-6, 9-0, 10-9
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