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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Men | Women

Division:NCAA - Div. III
Location:Claremont, CA
Head Coach:Gretchen Rush
Assistant Coach:Katy Bickham
Institution Type:Private
Environment:Large town
Student Population:2,500+
Top Div. III Classes: #17 in 2013, #8 in 2012, #21 in 2011, #9 in 2010

Conference Highlights
In the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) the team has won 183 out of 207 matches, which works out to be a .884 winning percentage, and has been the conference champion 15 times in the past 20 years.
Post Season Highlights
7 Top-Ten Year-End National Rankings in Past 10 years
The overall record for this period is 349 wins in 484 matches for a .721 winning percentage. The 2006 Athenas finished third in the nation which was the best finish by a CMS women's team in any sport. In 2013, the Athenas finished the season as conference champions, ranked #1 in the West Region and #4 in the ITA Division III National Team Rankings.
Tournament Highlights
4th Place NCAA National Team Championships 2013
3rd Place NCAA National Team Championships 2006
West Regional Champions and
Final 8 NCAA National Team Championships 2011, 2012, 2013
Individual Achievements
Recent All-Americans
Kristin Lim 2011, 2012, 2013 (NCAA Div III National Singles Champion, 2011, runner up singles and doubles 2013)
Caroline Ward Doubles 2013
Crystal Lim 2011, 2012 (ITA Div III National Rookie of the Year, 2011)
Jessie Huang 2012
Yassie Entekhabi 2006
Stephanie Hammond 2006
Lisa Steckmest 2006

ITA Scholar-Athletes: Victoria Santoro (CMC SO), Crystal Lim, Kristin Lim, Jessie Huang, Caroline Daly (SCR SR), Hannah Gordon (CMC SR), Sheena Patel (HMC SO)

Coaching Achievements
Coach Rush had a banner first season at Claremont-Mudd Scripps leading the Athenas to a record setting 30-0 regular season and a 4th place NCAA team finish. Her All- Academic Team consisted of 2 All- Americans and two NCAA finalists.
On the courts herself, Gretchen has played every imaginable level of tennis, starting from her first junior tennis tournaments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has traveled to over 20 countries playing junior, collegiate, professional, and senior tournamnets. She is a former USTA Junior and ITF Junior World Champion, an NCAA champion, and US Olympian. She has won over 30 gold balls in US championships. She has played in over 40 Grand Slam events, including 20 Wimbledon championships and 15 US Opens. Rush played 10 years on the WTA tour and was a top 20 singles and doubles player. She was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. She represented the United States in the 1984 Olympics, the World University Games, the Pan American Games, and the Senior ITF World Championships. At Trinity University, she was a four-time All-American. She was NCAA doubles champion in 1983 and NCAA runner-up in singles and doubles in 1985 and 1986. For the past 20 years, she has been teaching and coaching tennis in San Diego, California. She was the head coach at San Diego City College for 4 years and Our Lady of Peace High School for 2 years and assisted at San Diego State.

Coach G believes that her students play their best when they are playing for the pure joy of the game. She often reminds her students they are playing tennis not working tennis. She believes the better her players get, the more fun the game is and the greater the rewards.

Academics always come first in Rush's book. She often quotes Arthur Ashe: "For ever hour on the athletic field, one should spend two in the library." She learned the SAT's of collegiate success from her alma mater Trinity University's Clarence Mabry. "Remember to take care of your SAT's" is to prioritize your time and energy in order of Spirit, Academics. and Tennis.

Gretchen says: "My fondest memories of my college days at Trinity stem from being a member of the tennis team. My closest friends were and still are my college teammates. I hope to provide the CMS women tennis players with opportunities to reach their scholastic and tennis potential by helping create experiences that will last a lifetime." Rush has a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Trinity University with a minor in Biology. She also earned a Masters degree in Sports Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
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