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Susanna Burke '03
Senior co-captain Susanna Burke (shown here on the tennis court) posted a 3-0 record at this year's Howe Cup.

Burke Wins Wetzel Award at Howe Cup Nationals

February 21, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College women’s squash senior co-captain Susanna Burke (St. Louis, MO) was presented the prestigious Wetzel Award at the Howe Cup National Tournament, hosted by Yale University Friday through Sunday, February 14-16. The award, named in honor of former University of Pennsylvania women’s squash coach Ann Wetzel, is presented annually to a deserving senior from a field of national nominees who began her playing career at the collegiate level, while exhibiting outstanding technical growth, understanding of the rules of squash and positive on-court poise and demeanor.

A three-year starter, Burke has led Amherst to a No. 11 national ranking and a 13-11 record this season. Playing primarily at No. 1 on the ladder, she’s posted a 15-9 individual match record, including, most recently, a trio of wins at the Howe Cup nationals. She first emerged as Amherst’s No. 1 player as a junior when she posted a 14-8 match record, after playing at No. 4 as a sophomore.

“At the start of her squash career Susanna spent countless hours on the court developing a swing, working on fitness and learning strategy and rules,” says Amherst head coach Jackie Bagwell, who has also coached Burke to two NCAA Final Four appearances in women’s tennis. “It was not uncommon for her, during her first year of squash, to spend four hours a day on court. She is an excellent team captain, a committed team member, and a fair and just competitor.”

Burk will wrap up her collegiate career at the Women’s Intercollegiate Squash Association (WISA) Singles Championships, hosted by Trinity College Friday through Sunday, February 28th to March 2nd.