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Dartmouth's Chris Hanson Named Skillman Award Winner

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By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. - The College Squash Association recently announced the postseason award winners with Dartmouth's Chris Hanson earning the Skillman Award.

The Skillman Award is given annually to a senior men's squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career.

In the 31-year history of the accolade, Hanson became just the second member of the Big Green to earn the honor. The Greenwich, Conn., native follows in the footsteps of Adam Farber who received recognition in 1992.

For just the third time, the award was handed out to two players as Princeton's Todd Harrity shared the award with Hanson.

Throughout his four-year career in the Upper Valley, Hanson competed at the No. 1 spot for Dartmouth. The senior captain ended his tenure in Hanover winning four of his last five matches before heading to the CSA Individual Championships.

"I feel proud and honored that I got a chance to work with Chris Hanson over the past four years," Dartmouth Head Coach Hansi Wiens said. "Chris is one of the best athletes that I have ever met, but it isn't his athleticism that makes him an exceptional player. It is his work ethic, dedication and love for the game that have led Chris to become one of the strongest squash players in the US."

The criteria through which the selection committee chooses the award winner are by judging the player's on-court poise and demeanor, skill level and ability in the game of squash, team play, contributions to intercollegiate squash, leadership and cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials.

The award is named for John Skillman, who coached at Yale University for forty-one years. An accomplished player in his own right, Skillman won the United States Professionals tournament (now known as the Tournament of Champions) three times in the 1930s. As head coach at Yale, Skillman led the Bulldogs to 16 national titles, amassing a 451-77 lifetime record with only one losing season.  Skillman was inducted into the Men's College Squash Hall of Fame in 1990.