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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.

 

 
Round 32  
 
1 Farag,Ali (1) Harvard University
 
Ct 1,Fri, 3/2 11:20am
2 Perkiomaki,Adam J Rochester, Universit
 
3 McLaughlin,Brandon Harvard University
 
Ct 3,Fri, 3/2 10:40am
4 De Melo,Gabriel Franklin and Marshal
 
5 Callis,Christopher C. Princeton University
 
Ct 3,Fri, 3/2 11:30am
6 Chapman,Joe S Rochester, Universit
 
7 Hopcroft,Nicholas Harvard University
 
Ct 5,Fri, 3/2 11:30am
8 Diaz Glez,Antonio Trinity College
 
9 Hanson,Christopher R. Dartmouth College
 
Ct 7,Fri, 3/2 11:30am
10 Kang,Samuel Princeton
 
11 Dodd,Richard W. Yale
 
Ct 9,Fri, 3/2 11:30am
12 Mattsson,Thomas W. Pennsylvania 
 
13 Spettigue,Thomas L. Cornell
 
Ct 3,Fri, 3/2 12:20pm
14 Zarazua,Miled M Trinity 
 
15 El-Fiky,Islam K. George Washington
 
Ct 1,Fri, 3/2 12:10pm
16 Malhotra,Vikram (4) Trinity 
 
17 Harrity,Todd B.(3) Princeton
 
Ct 5,Fri, 3/2 12:20pm
18 Sedano,Mauricio A. Franklin & Marshall
 
19 Osborne,Tyler Princeton
 
Ct 7,Fri, 3/2 12:20pm
20 Sisodia,Nicholas S Dartmouth 
 
21 Fischer,Benjamin Rochester
 
Ct 9,Fri, 3/2 12:20pm
22 Power,Gary A Harvard
 
23 Shannon,Kelly D Princeton
 
Ct 3,Fri, 3/2 1:10pm
24 Sachvie,Nicholas Cornell
 
25 De Melo,Guilherme F. Franklin & Marshall
 
Ct 5,Fri, 3/2 1:10pm
26 Detter,Johan Trinity 
 
27 Roberts,John J Yale 
 
Ct 7,Fri, 3/2 1:10pm
28 Duany,Andres Rochester
 
29 Chan,Kenneth Yale 
 
Ct 9,Fri, 3/2 1:10pm
30 Domenick,Alex Cornell
 
31 Dowd,Ryan D Yale
 
Ct 1,Fri, 3/2 1:00pm
32 Tandon,Ramit (2) Columbia 
 
 
Round 16  
 
Farag,A(1)
 
5,7,5
Ct 3,Fri, 3/2 7:00pm
McLaughlin,B
 
3,1,4
Chapman,J
 
(4),(2),9,1,4
Ct 7,Fri, 3/2 7:00pm
Diaz Glez,A
 
11,10,(6),6
Kang,S
 
(9),(5),11,6,4
Ct 9,Fri, 3/2 7:00pm
Dodd,R
 
(8),(8),9,7,1
Zarazua,M
 
(8),9,12,(7),6
Ct 5,Fri, 3/2 7:00pm
Malhotra,V(4)
 
7,2,10
Harrity,T(3)
 
3,5,1
Ct 5,Fri, 3/2 7:45pm
Osborne,T
 
3,7,5
Fischer,B
 
(12),4,4,6
Ct 7,Fri, 3/2 7:45pm
Shannon,K
 
10,5,9
De Melo,G
 
6,(9),6,10
Ct 9,Fri, 3/2 7:45pm
Duany,A
 
(9),2,(8),3,6
Chan,K
 
(5),8,10,11
Ct 3,Fri, 3/2 7:45pm
Tandon,R(2)
 
3,4,5
 
Quarters  
 
Farag,A(1)
 
6,5,4
Ct 1,Sat, 3/3 1:30pm
Diaz Glez,A
 
11,(7),2,(7),4
Kang,S
 
8,1,6
Ct 3,Sat, 3/3 1:20pm
Malhotra,V(4)
 
5,9,(7),8
Harrity,T(3)
 
8,8,(9),7
Ct 3,Sat, 3/3 2:20pm
Shannon,K
 
7,9,(3),10
Duany,A
 
2,8,5
Ct 1,Sat, 3/3 2:30pm
Tandon,R(2)
 
5,(10),5,3
 
Semis  
 
Farag,A(1)
 
4,6,3
Ct 1,Sat, 3/3 6:30pm
Malhotra,V(4)
 
10,7,5
Harrity,T(3)
 
7,1,9
Ct 1,Sat, 3/3 7:30pm
Tandon,R(2)
 
(9),10,8,4
 
Finals  
 
Farag,A(1)
 
11,1,4
Winner: Farag,A(1)
10,8,4 Ct 1,Sun, 3/4 1:00pm
Tandon,R(2)
 
7,5,6

 

 

 

2012 CSA Men's Individual National Championships


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