STAMFORD, Conn. – Young squash players from Darien, Harriston and West Harrison reached the semifinals of the U.S. Junior Championships on Tuesday in New Haven. The players compete out of Stamford-based Chelsea Piers Connecticut.
Kayley Leonard of Harrison (Girls under-19 division), Marina Stefanoni of Darien (girls under-13) and Nina Mital of West Harrison (girls under-11) all advanced through an international field of 800 players to the semifinals of their respective age groups. All three girls began training at Chelsea Piers Connecticut when the facility opened July 2012.
Mital advanced to the finals and fell in five games to Sana Mohamed of Egypt, while Leonard was defeated in the semifinals by current U.S. National Champion, Sabrina Sobhy in three games. Stefanoni narrowly lost in the semifinals to Dina Soledadd Anguiano of Mexico, in four games.
“We are incredibly excited for the girls and proud of their performances. We had many other players in the various different draws that also competed exceptionally well,” said Natalie Grainger, Director of Squash at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “To see the girls rise to the occasion in such a huge tournament is incredibly satisfying. My goal when I started at Chelsea Piers Connecticut was to create a training environment for kids to be motivated, improve and enjoy the sport, and it’s very fulfilling 18 months later to see this coming to fruition.”