PHILADELPHIA Former Penn squash standout, Runa Reta C’03, will play for Canada in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which take place from July 14-19. Reta is currently ranked No. 5 in Canada and 32nd in the world by the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA).
Upon her graduation from Penn, Reta has put together an impressive resume in the professional ranks. In 2004 she helped her country to a ninth-place finish at the 2004 World Women’s Team Championships. She had a successful year in 2005 at three different tournaments. Reta won her first WISPA title at the Quito Open and took the Airdrie Chrysler Calgary Open. She also competed in the World Games, where she advanced to the quarterfinals.
Last year Reta represented Canada again at the Commonwealth Games, winning the consolation plate. She also reached the qualifying finals at the Women’s World Championships.
Reta, a two-year captain, compiled a long list accomplishments in her time at Penn. As a freshman, she earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors and helped lead the Quakers to their only national championship in program history. She was one of four players in Penn history to garner first-team All-Ivy, all four years, and is still the only Quaker to be named an All-American four consecutive years. Reta is also the only Ivy League Player of the Year in program history.