The team has been training hard since the start of practices seven weeks ago on October 6th. The first important competition of the season is the Wesleyan Invitational on December 6-7th at Wesleyan. The team has showed a lot of improvement in skills and fitness in their matches the last two weekends against Northeastern, Wellesley, and Wesleyan. Here is a link to everyone’s name and hometown.
The big challenge in terms of results will be to overcome the team’s lack of experience (total season of competitive play on top 10 is less than 20 years – so two years a person), and lack of fitness – despite improvemets since October 6th, with one or two exceptions the team’s overall fitness results fall at about the 50th percentile for high school girls. The results would rank much lower compared to the average college or high school female athlete. This is due mostly to lack of training in the months prior to the start of the season, and a lack of appreciation for the fact that is takes 4-5 months to get in shape for top level college squash, not 5-6 weeks.
There is a great opportunity for the team to learn and improve in this weekend’s 2008 U.S. Women’s Colleges Champiionships – an individual flight tournament held here at Smith on Saturday, Novemebr 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.