Gustav Detter goes down in history as not only one of the greatest but also one of the most revered athletes in the history of Trinity College sports. The Bantam men’s squash streak of 202 consecutive victories would be a fond memory were it not for his heroic effort as a freshman against the Princeton Tigers four years ago. One point from losing, 3-0, and ending the streak at a “only” 134 wins in a row, Detter scored three straight points against the nation’s premier college squash player to win game three and went on to trounce his opponent, 9-1, and, 9-2, to give the Bantams a 5-4 triumph. Detter ranks second all-time in wins in the program’s storied history, and was a four-time all-American during his college career, which he capped by winning the coveted George Sheldon McCook Trophy as the College’s top senior male athlete.
Detter majored in Economics and minored in Chinese, with a GPA of 3.93. He is fluent in Swedish (his native language), English, German, Danish, Norwegian, and proficient in Chinese. As a student at Trinity, Detter was appointed by the student body as a Student Representative for the Academic Honor Council, he was a teaching assistant for Chinese Language classes, an academic tutor for Swedish language classes, and founder of Squash for Squirts, a Boys & Girls Club community service mentor program. He now works for Stephens Incorporated, an investment bank, in Little Rock, Ark.
Detter posted a 65-11 career record, while leading the Bantams to a 77-0 record and four national intercollegiate championship titles. Detter earned NESCAC All-Academic honors the last two years. In 2009, he was selected by his opposing coaches as the Skillman Award recipient for his combination of on-court poise and demeanor, skill level and ability in the game of squash, team play, contribution to intercollegiate squash, leadership, and cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials.