Arlen Specter JCT Showcases the Next Generation at U.S. Open

Stefanoni JCT

Marina Stefanoni, just twelve years old, captured the Girls U19.

The 2015 Delaware Investments is a ten-day festival of squash that includes players ranging in age from nine to sixty-nine. Many of the younger ones appeared in the Senator Arlen Specter Junior Championship Tournament.

The JCT is a marquee circuit of junior events. Open to the top thirty-two ranked registrants in each of the ten divisions, the JCT is the pinnacle of junior squash in America. The Philadelphia JCT is named after Arlen Specter. A senator from Pennsylvania for thirty years, Specter was an avid squash player who played almost every day. After his death in October 2012, the JCT in his hometown was renamed in his honor.

This past weekend 316 players played in ten divisions at Drexel and Penn, for a grand total of 644 matches. Unseeded Olivia Robinson of New York captured the GU15 draw, beating the fourth, first and third seeds in her triumphant run; Robinson has been working for the past couple of months with former world champion Rodney Eyles. In the GU19, a twelve-year-old, Marina Stefanoni of Darien, CT, took the title, defeating favorite Chloe Chemtob in a riveting five-game semi and then topping Eleanor Evans in the final in four (14-12 in the fourth).

For the boys, Charles Braff of Long Island survived two five-gamers in the BU13, including a massive 14-12 in the fifth ordeal in the final against John Tew. In the BU19, U.S. Junior Open champion and the number-one ranked American junior Timmy Brownell also endured two five-gamers before he could claim his title.