AMHERST, Mass. - The 2012 CSA Individual National Championships came down to a highly anticipated title match between Harvard's Ali Farag and Columbia first-year standout Ramit Tandon on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. in Amherst, Mass. It was a battle of the top two ranked players in college squash. Farag remains number one after defeating Tandon 12-10, 11-8, 11-4 in the final.
"It was one of the best finals I've ever seen," said Jacques Swanepoel, Columbia Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Squash. "Even though Ramit didn't win, the quality of the match was great for a squash finals match."
On his way to the title match, Tandon won four straight matches in two days. His first match on Friday, March 2 was a 3-0 win over Ryan Dowd of Yale. He followed with a win later in the day over Yale's Kenneth Chan by a score of 11-5, 10-11, 11-5, 11-3.
Another bright spot for the Lions was Tony Zou's upset win over Standford's Christopher Baldock in the first match of the Molly Division. Zou captured the victory by a score of 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 but fell to Mousafa Hamada of Trinity in the next round.
On Saturday, March 3 Tandon returned to get another pair of wins. After dropping the first game 9-11, he rallied to defeat Andres Duany of Rochester 11-10, 11-8, 11-4 for a semi-final matchup with the 2011 CSA national champion Todd Harrity of Princeton.
Harrity and Tandon met earlier this season with Tandon pulling the upset win in four games, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5 during Ivy League play. A 3-0 victory, with a score of 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 sent Tandon to the title match of the 2012 CSA National Championships.
The runner-up finish for Tandon marks the best in Columbia's young program history. The first team All-American caps the 2012 season ranked as the number two player in college squash.
2012 CSA Men's Individual National Championships