HANOVER, N.H. – Saturday was another strong day for the Yale representatives at the national championships, as freshman Millie Tomlinson upset Catalina Pelaez and advanced to the finals at Dartmouth's John W. Berry Squash Center. Tomlinson, the No. 7 seed, will play the championship match Sunday at 12:30 against Harvard's Laura Gemmell, who is yet to lose a match in collegiate squash.
Tomlinson, seeded seventh in the tournament, started her day off with an upset victory over Trinity's Pelaez, ranked second in the nation. Next she dropped Harvard's Nirasha Guruge, seeded 11th, in straight games to extend her remarkable run through the bracket. Tomlinson is yet to lose a single game, and Sunday will face off against a very strong competitor in Harvard's Gemmell.
Yale captain Logan Greer, seeded third, had a rough match against Guruge. After winning the first two games with relative ease, Greer was unable to close out her opponent and eventually lost the match. The only other Bulldog remaining in the tournament at the start of the day's action was freshman Gwen Tilghman, seeded 43rd. She began the day with an exciting five game upset of University of Pennsylvania's Courtney Jones, seeded 38th. Next, Tilghman faced off against Princeton's Katherine Giovinazzo, seeded 35th, in the quarterfinals. Tilghman pushed the match to five games before finally succumbing in the end.
Although Greer's loss was a tough way to end her collegiate squash career, it does nothing to diminish the shine of her stellar season, which saw her captain the nation's best team as well as collect the Richey Award for the best female collegiate squash player. Tilghman also has a couple positives to take away from her loss, as her run through the tournament bodes well for her performance next year and later.
Fans can follow along with Tomlinson's match tomorrow here.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity