Alumna Jessica DiMauro elected to College Squash Hall of Fame

DiMauro will become the sixth Quaker inducted into the CSA Hall of Fame, and the first woman since Karen Kelso’s induction 23 years ago.

Jessica DiMauro demonstrates her swing in front of a wall in the squash court, bending right at the waist, holding a racquet up with the right hand and reaching out to the side with the left hand.
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Jessica DiMauro, who graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1999 and received her master’s degree in biology in 2000, has been named one of the four female members of the College Squash Hall of Fame Class of 2022 for her remarkable career during her time as a Quaker.

The College Squash Association (CSA) will honor DiMauro, Berkeley Belknap (Yale ’92), Diana Edge Dowling (Harvard ’88), and Kyla Grigg Workman (Harvard ’07) at the National Collegiate Women’s Team Championships on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, at the Penn Squash Center.

DiMauro will become the sixth Quaker alum to be inducted into the CSA Hall of Fame, and the first woman since Karen Kelso’s induction in 2000.

Selected to the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame Class XII last May, DiMauro set a new standard of excellence previously unseen with the Penn women’s squash team upon her arrival in University City. She won the individual national championship in her freshman campaign in 1996, reached the national finals again each of the next two seasons, and fell to the eventual champion in the semifinals as a senior. The Toronto, Ontario, native was a four-time First-Team All-America and First-Team All-Ivy League selection, finishing with a 73-9 record for her career, still the all-time career wins leader for the Penn squash program for both the men’s and women’s teams.

“Jess is one of the best to ever play at Penn,” says Director of Squash/Head Women’s Coach Jack Wyant. “In addition to playing No. 1 for four years, she helped legitimize the program as a national title contender. Since graduation, she has worked tirelessly to develop some of Canada’s best juniors and continued to compete in singles and doubles. The Penn Squash family is excited to celebrate her inclusion into the College Squash Hall of Fame.”

“I had the best time ever playing at Penn; I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to play there, and for the people from all those years ago who’re still supporting me,” says DiMauro. “The recognition I’ve received in just this last year, from going into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in May and now this honor from the CSA, it’s truly special. There are women’s players I previously coached now playing at Princeton and Columbia, so the fact that all of this will be happening during Team Championship weekend and they’ll be there in person, in the same place where I played, it’s all just incredible.”