Ranked 80th nationally in the latest individual College Squash Association (CSA) rankings, Mary Foster '14 (photo) got a taste of tough national competition at her first CSA Individual Championships hosted by Dartmouth Fri.-Sun., March 4-6. Foster played #1 for the Cardinals throughout the 2010-11 season with a respectable 12-13 record and was named second-team all-NESCAC. Wesleyan fashioned its second straight winning campaign with a 14-12 mark and ranked 19th nationally as a team.
Facing Tempest Bowden, the #4 player from Mount Holyoke, in the first round of the Holleran Division Friday, Foster won the match, 3-1 (11-2, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5) to advance to the second round There she faced Alexandra Sawin, who plays #6 for Princeton and is ranked 41st in the country. Foster did herself proud by claiming the second game in a 3-1 setback (7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 10-12).
Playing the the second level consolations, Foster had another stiff challenge on Saturday when she took on Williams' #1 player and 50th-ranked nationally Courtney Bogle. Bogle posted a three-game victory (11-8, 11-9, 11-6) but not without a fight from Foster.