Mimi Bell '11 Earns Ann Wetzel Award at National Championships

Mimi Bell

AMHERST, MA – At the Women’s Squash National Team Championships this past weekend, Amherst College’s Mimi Bell ’11 (Shaker Heights, OH) was honored with the Ann Wetzel Award as the nation’s most accomplished senior player who picked up squash in college.

To be eligible for the Wetzel Award, candidates may not have played squash in any capacity prior to their experience at their collegiate institution. The individual who wins must show outstanding growth technically as a player, a sound understanding of the game’s rules, and positive on-court poise and demeanor. Bell is the first Amherst player to win the award since Susanna Burke ’03 in 2003.

Bell—a captain on this year’s team—had never even heard of squash when she arrived at Amherst. She took up the sport as a first-year and entered the lineup in the number 11 spot when the Lord Jeffs were ranked 18th in the country. Bell improved throughout her time at Amherst and worked her way up to number seven, posting a 10-9 record as a senior and helping the program climb to No. 12 in the rankings.

Bell worked tirelessly to develop her squash skills, often staying after practice to work on drills with coaches. She developed a complete understanding of the rules and grew to lead by example as one of the hardest working members of the team. Last year Bell won the Friends of Amherst Athletics Award, which is given to a player who embodies the spirit of Amherst Athletics.

In addition to being a captain of the squash team in the winter, Bell serves as a captain for the school’s top-ranked tennis team in the fall and spring.

(View photos of Mimi Bell ’11 and this past weekend’s other award winners.)