In late November, men’s squash standout Todd Harrity ’13 dropped a pair of games but won both of his matches in the opening weekend of Princeton’s season. Over the next four months, he would not drop another game, defeating a steady procession of the best players in college squash.
Harrity’s impressive run culminated March 6, when he swept Cornell’s Nick Sachvie (11–6, 11–6, 11–8) to win the individual national collegiate championship in Hanover, N.H. The Philadelphia native became the first American to capture the men’s championship since 1990 and the first to win the title in college squash’s “soft ball” era. (Collegians switched from the “hard ball,” traditionally used in North America, before the 1994–95 season.)
According to Princeton coach Bob Callahan ’77, Harrity has extraordinary skills and a demeanor that suits his sport. “He’s a very low-key guy, both on and off the court,” Callahan said, “but underneath, there really burns a competitiveness that is remarkable — but well-contained.”Harrity’s rise was spurred partly by international experience in the offseason, including a trip to the Pan-American Games, where he played with the U.S. men’s team. Harrity had relied on mistake-free defense and excellent fitness, Callahan said, but after the Pan-Am Games, he developed a broader range of offensive options, changing his grip on backhand shots to be more aggressive.