Alicia McConnell was a national champion before she enrolled at Pennsylvania.

           

McConnell was a two-time national junior squash champion while in high school, won the national 18-and-under national title three times, and the Canadian junior championship four times.  At 16, she won the junior championship at the first International Squash Racquets Federation World Championships.  She would continue to be a champion as a collegian.

           

She won both intercollegiate and national singles championships while a member of the varsity squash team, and continued to be the No. 1 ranked woman’s player in the nation.  Proving her athletic versatility, McConnell won varsity letters in both field hockey and lacrosse for Pennsylvania, two sports she had never played before joining the varsity squads.