April 27, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four Bulldogs were honored with awards at the men's squash team's recent banquet. Captain Julian Illingworth '06 won the top individual honor, the John F. Skillman Award, given to the member of the varsity team who, in the opinion of the coach, captain and manager, by sportsmanship and determination has done the most for Yale Squash during the year. Nick Chirls '07 was also named the captain of next year's squad.
Illingworth, who garnered first team all-Ivy honors for the fourth consecutive year and was the 2006 St. Green National Champion, was not the only member of the team to be honored. Joseph Samuel '08 was given the John A. Blum Trophy, which is awarded to the member of the team who has shown the most significant improvement during the season.
Also garnering honors was Andrew Vinci '06, who took home the Steve Gurney Award, given to the member of the varsity team who has achieved great personal growth. Vinci's 3-1 win over Princeton's Tom McKay on Feb. 4 clinched a 5-4 upset win for the Bulldogs, which helped spark the Elis to a share of the Ivy League title.
Ethan Oetter '09 rounded out the team's honorees, winning the Skillman Associates Award, which is given to the member whose ability and personal achievement is of greatest value to the Yale men's squash team. Oetter scored impressive three-game wins against Stanford and Bates in January.
Chirls, a two-time second-team all-American, was also selected to captain next year's squad. Playing in the No. 2 slot for much of the season, one of his more impressive wins was a 3-9, 9-6, 9-1, 1-9, 9-7 epic battle against Trinity's Manek Mather in the first round of the CSA Individual Championships on Fri., Mar. 3.
Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity