John Steele '14 Closes out Illustrious Men's Squash Career with 4th Straight All-NESCAC Nod, Shona Kerr is Coach of the Year
Playing #1 for the Cardinals throughout his four-year career, John Steele '14 (main photo) secured his fourth consecutive nod to the all-NESCAC first-team following his 11-9 season in 2013-14. He also placed fifth of 32 competitors during the Division III Individual National Championship this year. He closed out his career by representing Wesleyan in the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships Feb. 28-March 2 at Penn. The Cardinals finished a solid season as a team with a 15-8 record and captured a best-ever fifth at the NESCAC Championship after earning the #4 seed. At the CSA Team Championships, Wesleyan placed 19th overall and third in "C" Division.
A year ago, Steele posted a 6-9 mark in dual matches and went on to pin down a national individual ranking of 40th, 17th among Division III athletes and ninth in the NESCAC. Steele fahioned a 17-7 record as a sophomore and a 19-6 mark as a freshman, when he also earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year accolades. For his career, Steele posted a 53-31 record in dual matches. He was named one of three finalists for the 2013-14 Skillman Award by the CSA, presented annually to a senior men’s squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career.
Also gaining NESCAC laurels in 2013-14 was Guy Davidson '16 (photo upper right) as he was a second-team selection for the second year in a row. Playing #2 this season, Davidson was a solid 15-5. A year ago, he had a 17-5 individual dual-match mark, mainly at #2, giving him an outstanding career record of 32-10 after two campaigns.
Head Coach Shona Kerr (photo lower right) picked up her second NESCAC Coach of the Year honor in the last four seasons. She was NESCAC Coach of the Year for the first time after a 14-12 performance during the 2010-11 season.
During the Individual Nationals at Penn, Steele won his opening two matches by 3-0 counts to reach the quarterfinals, but fell in his final match, 3-2.