Cambridge, Mass. (August 8) - MIT squash assistant coach Amanda Sobhy took home three gold medals at the 2019 Pan American Games last week in Lima, Peru.
Sobhy competed in all three squash events offered at the Pan American Games including the singles, doubles and the team events. Under the direction of MIT head coach Thierry Lincou while in Lima, Sobhy went 3-0 in singles action, played alongside her sister Sabrina in the doubles event and in the team event Team USA defeated Canada to earn a total of three gold medals.
When asked about her experience in Lima, Sobhy stated, "Last week could not have gone any better for Team USA. It's always a huge privilege to be able to represent your country in one of the most prestigious events. To come home with another three gold medals was a dream come true and to do it with Thierry there in my corner was even better. We are very happy to be bringing back three golds to the US after a very successful week in South America."
Lincou added, "It was an honor to be able to coach Amanda and the rest of the athletes on Team USA in our most prestigious squash event. Between the men's and the women's teams, the USA brought home five gold medals, one silver and one bronze. I am very proud of the group and even more proud of Amanda, who now has six gold medals to her name over the last two Pan American Games."
Sobhy, a four-time Ivy League Player of the Year and four-time College Squash Association (CSA) Individual National Champion, helped the MIT squash team to one of its best seasons in program history in 2018-19. The Engineers finished the year at 16-8, claimed the Summers Cup National Championship title for the first time, won the Sloane Award for Sportsmanship and was named as the association's Most Improved Team.
When Lincou and Sobhy return to MIT in a few short weeks, they will prepare to defend their CSA Team National Championship as the No. 17 ranked Engineers are slated to play 11 matches against ranked opponents in 2019-20.