PHILADELPHIA – In late summer, University of Pennsylvania women’s squash sophomore Anaka Alankamony was honored by President Pranab Mukherjee at the 2014 National Sports Adventure Awards in her home country of India.
Alankamony was the recipient of the Arjuna Award, a national sports award for squash. Having put together an impressive resume at such an early age, her success playing in, and for, her country has catapulted her to the national level.
The sophomore has won a number of tournaments in India, including the U-15 Asian title as a 13 year old, and twice the U-19 Asian title. She was also part of an Indian team that finished fifth in the world team championships in France in 2012. Most recently she has helped the Indian squad win the Asian junior team title, held in Korea.
In Alankamony’s first year at Penn she played at the No. 1 position on the ladder, and earned First-team All-CSA honors, and First-team All-Ivy. She helped lead the Quakers to a fourth-place finish in the CSA team championships, and a second-place finish in the Ivy League.
Individually at Penn, she went 3-1 in the CSA Ramsay Cup, falling to the eventual champion in a semifinal match.
To read more about Alankamony’s national recognition in India please click the links below.
-Article from New Indian Express
-Article from SportsKeeda
-Article from The Hindu