Bowdoin's Natasha Belsky Receives 2019 Ann Wetzel Award

Bowdoin's Natasha Belsky Receives 2019 Ann Wetzel Award

Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin senior Natasha Belsky has been recognized as the 2019 recipient of the College Squash Association's Wetzel Award.

The Wetzel Award is presented annually to a senior who began playing squash in college and has progressed to a high level of skill, demonstrates sound understanding of the game, and exhibits good sportsmanship and a positive demeanor on the court. It is the second straight year that a Bowdoin player has won the award (Zoe Wood in 2018) and third time in the last six years (Michaela Martin in 2014).

Belsky played primarily at the number two position for Bowdoin this season and closed her career on a high note, winning three matches as the Polar Bears finished second in their division of team nationals last weekend in Connecticut.

One of the most distinguished honors in collegiate squash, the award is named for Ann Wetzel, the 1964 national champion, who founded the University of Pennsylvania's women's varsity team in 1970. During the more than 20 years she coached at the University of Pennsylvania, Wetzel taught hundreds of women the game of squash. Through her love of the sport and her passion for teaching, she gave many women the opportunity to experience the thrill of intercollegiate squash. Wetzel was inducted into the Women's College Squash Hall of Fame in 1995 and the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame in 2003.