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The 2013-14 Hamilton College women's squash program is filled with veterans as the roster features five seniors and three juniors. For the first time in the eight-year history of the event, Hamilton will host the NESCAC Men's and Women's Squash Championships from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Hilary Gray '15 is the team's top returner and made the NESCAC all-conference team in 2012. Gray, Kelsey Bogle '14 and Isabelle Weisman '15 had the most wins last season (11) out of all the returning players. Gray will be pushed by Rachel Newman '16, who transferred from William Smith College where she was the team's best player last season. Hillary Kolodner '14 and Laura Russell '14 are the team captains. Two-time NESCAC all-conference honoree Amanda Thorman '13 and Claire Corroon '13, who is second on the team's all-time list with 47 career victories, have graduated.

Hamilton plays its home matches in the Little Squash Center. The $6.1 million on-campus squash facility was completed in October 2006. The center features 10 regulation-size courts, including two with exhibition-style seating, and two team locker rooms. In addition to the NESCAC championships, the Continentals are scheduled to host Middlebury College (Nov. 23), Connecticut College and Colgate University (Dec. 8) and William Smith on Feb. 5.

Hamilton will participate in the NESCAC championships for the eighth straight year this season. Trinity College and Wesleyan University co-hosted the first seven championships. Kelly Whipple '10 was a three-time all-conference selection from 2008 to 2010, and Jamie King was named the 2011 NESCAC Coach of the Year. The team travels to Harvard University for the 2014 team championships and a couple players go to the University of Pennsylvania for the CSA individual championships. Bowdoin College is set to host a Division III invitational tournament in early February.

Hamilton often travels during winter break for training trips so the players can go to places they have never seen before. This January the Continentals return to Stanford University and Palo Alto, Calif., for the first time since 2006. A January 2010 training trip took the team to Washington, D.C., for six days. In 2007, the team traveled to Bermuda for a seven-day training trip. The players worked with Shaun Moxham and his wife, Katline Cauwels. Moxham coaches David Palmer, who has been the world's top-ranked player.

Hamilton has endured just one losing record in the past nine seasons. The Continentals posted a 12-10 record that included five wins against NESCAC teams in 2012-13. Hamilton finished in seventh place with a 2-2 record at the NESCAC championships. Later that season, the Continentals won two out of three matches in the battle for the Walker Cup at the College Squash Association (CSA) team championships, and ended up 19th in the final national rankings.

Gray and Thorman were NESCAC all-conference selections in 2012 along with Alyssa Bawden '12. The Continentals recorded their best finish in the NESCAC championships in 2012 when they were the No. 5 seed and ended up in fifth place with a 2-1 record. Hamilton went 7-5 against NESCAC opponents that season. The Continentals competed for the Kurtz Cup at the CSA team championships and ended up 16th in the final national rankings.

The Continentals finished 13-10 in 2010-11, and advanced to the finals of the Walker Cup draw at the CSA team championships. The women's squash program and King received the Chaffee Award for the first time during the 2011 CSA event at Princeton University. The award is given annually to a coach whose team has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, character and improvement. In 1987, the Williams College women's squash team donated this award in honor of their former coach, Clarence C. Chaffee. Chaffee began Williams' squash program in 1938, coached the school's first intercollegiate team in 1939, and led the program until his retirement in 1970.

In 2009-10, the Continentals won their first seven matches and finished with a record of 15-8. The 15 wins are the second-highest total in program history, and Hamilton was No. 15 in the final CSA rankings. That ranking is believed to be tied for the team's best at the end of a season.

The Continentals won their first six matches in 2007-08 and went on to post a 14-8 record. Hamilton finished that season 15th in the final CSA team rankings after the Continentals defeated Tufts University in the Kurtz Cup consolation bracket at Princeton. The Continentals won seven of their first eight matches in 2006-07 -- a landmark season for the program. Hamilton competed up in the Kurtz Cup at the CSA team championship for the first time. The Continentals ended up with a 10-8 record, including 2-2 in the 2007 NESCAC championships.

The Continentals were one of the most improved if not THE most improved women's squash program in the CSA during 2004-05. The Continentals finished with an overall record of 13-8 and all but one of those 13 wins came away from home. The Continentals were ranked 26th at the start of the season and peaked at No. 18 before they finally settled at No. 21. Hamilton captured the Walker Cup team trophy in 2000, when the team finished with a 13-6 record, and claimed Walker Cup consolation draw titles in 2005 and 2006. Hamilton finished with an amazing 18-4 record in 1992-93.

The Continentals excel on the court and in the classroom. Thorman, Kolodner, Alexis Lee '13 and Katie Rogers '14 made the 2012-13 NESCAC winter all-academic team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. Caroline Steers '05 was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society, in 2004-05.