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Choi Eliminated from CSA Individual National Championships

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

By Ben Shapiro

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Freshman Sean Choi's excellent first year at Wesleyan concluded on Friday, as he was eliminated from the CSA Individual Championships in Washington D.C. Choi was the only representative for the Wesleyan men's squash team, and the appearance at the tournament capped off a season in which he was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year for his consistent play at the No. 1 position throughout the year. 

Choi was placed in the Molloy South Draw, one of four "B" Draws of 16 at the event. In his opening Round of 16 match, he faced John Fitzgerald of Little Three rival Williams. The Eph, who played No. 1 this year but did not play when Wesleyan and Williams met in January, proved to be too strong for Choi on the day, winning 11-2, 8-11, 11-6, 11-3.

The loss meant that Choi moved into the consolation bracket, where his first match was against James Watson of Penn. The Quaker senior, who was playing in what could've been his final match, managed to keep his career alive by defeating Choi, 11-2, 11-9, 11-7, eliminating the Wesleyan freshman from the tournament in the process.

Choi's first year in Middletown ends with some impressive accomplishments to his name. In addition to earning NESCAC Rookie of the Year, he also finished the season leading the Cardinals with 15 wins while only losing five regular-season matches despite playing at the top of the lineup. Though his season is over, there is no question that a bright future awaits Sean Choi as a key contributor for the Wesleyan squash program.