NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Bates first-year student Ahmed Abdel Khalek has won First Team All-America honors, as announced Friday by the College Squash Association, putting the cap on his superlative first season on the Bates men's squash team.
Abdel Khalek (Cairo, Egypt) is one of 10 players to earn First Team honors, joining Andres Duany of Rochester, Ali Farag of Harvard, Todd Harrity of Princeton, Samuel Kang of Princeton, national champion Amr Khaled Khalifa of St. Lawrence, Faraz Khan of Rochester, Tyler Osborne of Princeton, Nicholas Sachvie of Cornell and Ramit Tandon of Columbia.
Abdel Khalek advanced all the way to the semifinals of the CSA Individual Championships in early March, before his personal 19-match winning streak came to an end in the semis against top-seeded Harrity. He finished 23-2 on the season, falling only to Harrity and 2012 individual champion Farag. He was also named NESCAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in February.
Abdel Khalek is Bates' second-ever All-American in men's squash, joining four-time honoree Ricky Weisskopf '08. Bates women's squash also has two All-Americans in its history, in Aisha Shah '02 (in 2002) and Nessrine Ariffin '15 (in 2012).
Abdel Khalek made it two rounds farther at CSA Individual Nationals than any other player in program history -- Weisskopf, who was named Second Team All-American in his first three seasons at Bates and First Team All-American as a senior in 2008, never made it past the Round of 16.