PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania men's squash Head Coach Craig Thorpe-Clark has announced his five-member Class of 2010. The group, which promises to be one of the strongest in the program's history, is comprised of freshmen Mark Froot (Sudbury, Mass.), Colin Jacobsen (San Diego Calif.), Brooks Russell (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Chris Thompson (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore transfer Joe Raho (Greenwich Conn.).
Mark Froot enters Penn as the nation's second-ranked junior player and a member of the successful United Statesjunior team thatrecently finished 13th atthe junior world championships in New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Froot reached the final of the Plate event.He continued his run throughout the team event and was a major contributor to the national team's success on and off the court. Mark is a 2005 Boston Globe All-Scholastic winner, ISL MVP and New England Interscholastic Winner.Froot is enrolled in Wharton.
Colin Jacobsenisa competitive junior player from San Diego and a member of the California state junior team, with back-to-back wins in the West Coast Junior Team championships.Jacobsen spent the summer travelling to Europe, training and working on his game. He has been selected for the Study of Infectious Diseases residential college and plans to major in
Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Brooks Russell was Chestnut Hill's No. 1 player last season, and achieved a national ranking ofNo. 11. He led the Blue Devils to the 2005 Inter-Ac Championship. Russell has trained extensively in Europe and is one of the top players in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association league. Russell is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Thompson isa well-regarded junior player with a highest national ranking ofNo. 5. He won the2004 Baird Haney U17 tournament and the 2005 Baird Haney U19 division crown. Chris playedNo. 1 for the Friends Seminary Squash team in high school and in early 2005 was selected to the U.S. Junior Men's Candidates Team. Chris has honed his skills in the Men's "A" league in New York. He has spent this past summer working on his game which has clearly paid dividends. Thompson is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Joe Raho, a sophomore transfer from Boston College,isa former nationally-ranked junior player and member of the U.S. junior team that competed in Pakistan in 2004. Joe was the U.S. national closed champion at the U13 and U15 age groups. At Rye Country Day School, Rahowas captain ofthe varsity squash team during his junior and senior years.During his freshman yearat BC, whichdoes not sponsor varsity squash, Raho spent considerable time voulunteering at Squash Busters in Boston.Raho is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.