Thursday, March 5, 2020
Gina Kennedy ’20 finished her college career this past weekend by winning her third individual national title while Marwan Tarek ’22 won the men’s championship after a weekend filled with upsets.
The women’s semifinals featured 3 Harvard players and the final was an all-Crimson affair. #1 seeded Kennedy beat #4 Amelia Henley ’20 to advance to the final. Meanwhile, #5 Hana Moataz ’22 had upset #3 ranked Lucy Beecroft (Yale) in the quarterfinal before taking down #2 seeded Sivasangari Subramaniam (Cornell) in the semifinal.
In the final, Moataz pushed Kennedy into a tiebreaker in the first game but Kennedy eventually won the match 3-0.
In the men’s semifinals, #3 seeded Tarek beat #2 Miko Aijanen (Trinity) in a close four-setter. On the other side of the draw, Harvard’s Saad Abouaish ’20 had upset #4 Youssef Ibrahim (Princeton) in the quarterfinal but couldn’t hold back #9 Aly Abou Eleinen (Penn) in the semifinal. Eleinen was meant to face #1 seeded Victor Crouin ’22 earlier in the draw but Crouin was upset in the first round by #16 James Flynn (Penn).
The final between Tarek and Eleinen was one of the longest matches of the weekend (100+ minutes). Eleinen was already up 2-1 in games but Tarek fought his way back to win his first individual title 3-2.
Harvard Earns 10 All America Honors
In addition to all the Crimson players in the A draws, Hannah Craig ’21, George Crowne ’22 and Eleonore Evans ’20 and won their respective B draws and earned 2nd Team All America honors.
In total, 10 Harvard players (5 men and 5 women) made the All America teams this year.
Team Banquet – March 27
The teams will be celebrating their successful seasons in a couple of weeks at our annual team banquet.
We hope to see many of you there!