LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College first-year student Nessrine Ariffin is officially an All-American.
Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) earned placement on the Women's College Squash Second All-America Team, announced today by the College Squash Association; she becomes Bates' second-ever All-American in women's squash, following Aisha Shah '02 in 2002, and the third among Bates men or women, joining the company of four-time men's squash All-American Ricky Weisskopf '08.
Ariffin's honor is based on her final individual player ranking of No. 14 in the nation, which was released last week. The top 10 players become First Team All-Americans, and 11 through 20 comprise the Second Team. In the rankings, Ariffin was placed just one spot below her older sister, Penn's Nabilla Ariffin.
Ariffin and Trinity's Catalina Pelaez and Alicia Rodriguez Acosta are the only three All-Americans this year not on an Ivy League team.
Ariffin earned that ranking with her stunning debut season. An upset win over Trinity's Pelaez helped fuel her to win her first 12 collegiate matches, en route to a final individual record of 23-4. She was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year and sported a 6-1 record against fellow First Team All-NESCAC honorees.