Mario Magana, Hamilton College
Mario Magana won 30 matches during a four-year career on the Hamilton College men's squash team. Magana played all 26 matches in the top three spots on the ladder as a senior. Hamilton finished 2009-10 with a record of 11-15 and a final ranking of 21st from the College Squash Association (CSA). He graduated with degrees in economics and world politics.
Magana has been the leader in sportsmanship for a program that has excelled in that area in recent years. He was placed on the NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship team in 2009 and 2010. As a program, Hamilton received the Sloane Award for team sportsmanship at the CSA championships in 2008 and 2010.
The 2009-10 team captain grew up in San Salvador, which is the capital city of El Salvador, located in Central America. "I knew that I wanted to come to the U.S. to go to college," he said. "After looking at rankings I applied to several schools, mainly in the Northeast. Hamilton was the one that appealed to me the most. It was a good school and it had a great squash program."
During his junior year in fall 2008, Magana missed a few matches during the first semester because he was taking advantage of the College's opportunities to study for one semester in another location. "I participated in the Washington, D.C., program. While I was there, I interned at a libertarian think tank called The Cato Institute. I had a great time in DC. It was very exciting to be there during the final stretch of the campaign and during the presidential election. Although I missed Hamilton, being in DC was a nice change from Upstate New York."
The Continentals won 10 or more matches every season during Magana's Hamilton career, and the team won two matches at the NESCAC championships three out of four years. Prior to his final home matches, he discussed how he wanted his squash career to play out. "It's tough to think that this weekend will be my last home match. I've been thinking about the exciting matches I had here in the past four years. This week I've been training harder in order to make my last home match a memorable one, in a good way."