GW Squash Announces 2012-13 Recruiting Class

George Washington men's and women's squash head coach Wendy Lawrence announced that a total of nine student-athletes will join the GW Squash program at the start of the 2012-13 school year.

May 14, 2012

WASHINGTON - George Washington men's and women's squash head coach Wendy Lawrence has announced the Colonials' incoming fall recruiting class. Three top-30 junior players headline a class of five players for the men's team while the women welcome their strongest class in program history.

"The incoming freshman class for both the men's and women's teams is the largest in program history and by far the deepest in both talent and national ranks," said Head Coach Wendy Lawrence. "This is the strongest group of new players we have ever assembled in one class and I predict they will elevate this program to the next level."

Ahmed Abdel-Latif, the No. 4 ranked player in United States High School Squash headlines the men's class. Abdel-Latif concluded his scholastic career at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) with a 76-2 record and was a three-time winner of the Mid-Atlantic Prep School League Tournament. A native of Cairo, Egypt, Ahmed also was the No. 1 ranked player in Egypt at U-13, U-15 and U-17. He is expected to play No. 3 behind Islam El-Fiky and Omar Sobhy.

James Reiss comes to GW as the 28th-ranked Under-19 player in the United States. A native of Fairfield, Conn., Reiss played scholastically at Fairfield Ludlowe High School and at one time was ranked the No. 10 Under-17 player in the country. He is expected to play in the top four in his freshman season but is poised to climb to the top three following the graduation of rising seniors El-Fiky and Sobhy.

Reid Breck helped lead The Brunswick School (Conn.) to the New England Interscholastic Squash Association Championship and a runner-up at the U.S. High School Squash Nationals during his senior season. He is the 41st-ranked U-19 player in the nation and was the 2012 recipient of the US Squash Scholar-Athlete Award.



Rounding out the recruiting class is Browning Platt, the No. 1 player for the St. Paul's School (N.H.). He is the 33rd-ranked player among U.S. High School players and was named All-ISL as a junior.

Anna Porras joins the women's team as the highest-rated recruit in GW history. A member of the Colombian National Team, she was the 2012 Gold Medal winner at the South American Junior Championships. She played at The English School in Bogota, Colombia and was voted the Best Columbian Junior three times.

"Anna is the highest-ranked recruit in the history of the women's squash program," said Coach Lawrence. "She has a significant amount of international tournament experience and will play No. 1 as a freshman while studying engineering."

Emely Levyn comes to GW as the 27th-ranked U-19 player in the country. She played scholastically at Lower Merion High School and is a native of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

"Emely is a strong athlete with an impressive junior tournament record. She will likely play in the top five of the ladder as a freshman," said Coach Lawrence.

Alexa Tzarnas boasts an impressive tournament record as the No. 62 ranked player in U.S. High School squash. She improved her ranking nearly 30 spots during her scholastic career at The Baldwin School (Pa.).

Sarah Allen (Mt. Vernon, N.Y./Mercersburg Academy) and Francesca Libassi (Greenwich, Conn./Covent of the Sacred Heart) round out the women's class.

"After both team's strong finish last season, they will each face a difficult schedule next year that will be full of top-ten programs like Yale, Penn and Cornell," said Coach Lawrence. "With this influx of talent I expect both team's to break into the elite top-12 of the College Squash Association."

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