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1999-2000 Women’s Squash Team

In the winter of 1999-2000, the Penn women’s squash team lit up the Ringe Squash Courts on its way to becoming Ivy League, National Dual-Match and Howe Cup champions.

The Quakers opened the season with a 7-2 defeat of Cornell and never looked back. They finished the regular dual-match season with an 8-0 record, 6-0 in the Ivy League. At the Howe Cup, the Red and Blue dispatched of their first opponent, Cornell, handily, 8-1. The final two matches were tough tests against Harvard and Princeton, with the Quakers winning both, 5-4, to win the national championship.

When the dust had settled on the Quakers’ team triumph, there were individual honors to be awarded. Five members of the team were awarded All-American honors. Senior Katie Patrick was named first-team All-American for the fourth-consecutive year and was joined by freshman Runa Reta. Juniors Helen Bamber, Rina Borremeo and Lauren Patrizio were all named to the second-team. Reta was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Borromeo, Reta and Patrick were all first-team All-Ivy Selections. Just like her All-American status, this was the fourth-consecutive year in which Patrick was named first-team All-Ivy. She is one of eight Penn squash players to be named All-Ivy League four times since the award’s inception in 1970-71.

The season marked the first and only undefeated season in Penn women's squash program history and the first League and national championships.

Written and compiled by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant