by Roger Wistar
Emily Rose '18 won bronze and silver in squash for Team USA at this year's Pan American Junior Championships, held in late June in Paraguay.
The annual event pits squash teams from up and down the Americas in singles, doubles, and team competitions. This year Team USA sent four boys and four girls, including Rose, to the event.
Rose won her first medal in the doubles bracket, competing with Jane Pincus as a 3/4 seed. Rose and Pincus won their first match comfortably over an Argentinian team, 11-8, 11-7, earning a matchup against the top-seeded team from Mexico. Despite battling to a narrow defeat in the first set, the Americans were not able to pull out the match, losing 10-11 5-11 to earn a bronze medal.
Team USA had even more success in the team competition, which pits three members of a team from each country against each other in best-of-five matches. The Americans coasted past fellow group stage members Paraguay, El Salvador, and Guatemala with wins in eight of their nine head-to-head matches.
In the medal round, the team continued to cruise past Brazil and Colombia, winning five of the six matches, to set up a championship against second-seeded Mexico. In a hard-fought title contest, the two countries split the first two matches before Mexico pulled out the third match 3-2 to give Rose a silver medal.
Despite not medaling in the singles draw, Rose did manage to provide some fireworks in her second match. Entering as a 9/16 seed, she breezed past her first opponent from Guatemala in straight sets to earn a second-round berth against a 5/8 seed from Paraguay. Rose dropped the first two sets of her match before rallying to win in five, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.
Facing another higher-seeded opponent from Colombia in the quarterfinals, Rose continued her hot streak, winning the first set 13-11, but dropped the next three and the match.
Photo courtesy of US Squash.