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04-20-2012

Clarkson University Takes Second Overall in USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championship

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The Clarkson University Racquetball Club brought home impressive hardware in the 40th USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championship.

Front row: (left to right) Alicia Wariner, Cassandra Miller, Marco Fontana, Vanessa Aukshunas, and Siavash Namiranian. Back row: Janine Amell, Luke Matacchiero, Anthony Sinopoli, Jordan Yagoda, and Jon Bennett.Traveling to Tempe, Ariz., at the end of March for a long week of competition, the team was second only to Baldwin Wallace College as a team, as well as for men’s and women’s for the entire Division Two League.

The tournament included the best racquetball athletes from 50 colleges across the nation competing in the final collegiate tournament of the year.

Clarkson brought a team of six men and three women, each playing in both singles and doubles at six different skill levels.

The team did extremely well in the first round of play, knocking off impressive opponents, like University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, University of Utah, and Arizona State University.

In a later round, the men’s number-one seed from Clarkson, Marco Fontana, lost to the eventual national champion, Jansen Allen, from Colorado State University.

Notable results included senior mechanical engineering honors major Anthony Sinopoli of Brockport, N.Y., taking first place in the whites division; junior mechanical engineering major Lucas Matacchiero of Valatie, N.Y., fourth place in reds; junior mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering honors double major Cassandra Miller of Essex Junction, Vt., first place in reds; junior mechanical engineering major Janine Amell of Schenectady, N.Y., third place in reds; and junior chemical engineering major Alicia Wariner of Long Beach, Calif., third place in blues.

The team combined for a total 365 overall points.

The USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championships features nearly 350 of the best young college racquetball players representing 50 colleges and universities from across the country.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Front row: (left to right) Alicia Wariner, Cassandra Miller, Marco Fontana, Vanessa Aukshunas, and Siavash Namiranian. Back row: Janine Amell, Luke Matacchiero, Anthony Sinopoli, Jordan Yagoda, and Jon Bennett.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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