Wendy Zaharko

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Few athletes know what it’s like to be unbeaten. Wendy Zaharko is one of those elite athletes. During her four-year squash career at Princeton University, Zaharko not only never lost a match, she
never lost a game. The Mount Pleasant High graduate won the national collegiate women’s individual championships in 1972, ’74 and ’75 and led Princeton to two national team championships. She did not
play in the 1973 tournament because she competed in the U.S. Squash Racquets Association Nationals instead. For seven years, until she began training for her career as a physician in 1977, Zaharko
was ranked among the nation’s top five players, collegiate or otherwise. She represented the United States at the Women’s Squash Jubilee in England in 1976. After college Zaharko was the pro at the
Manhattan Squash Club. She is a member of the College Squash Association’s Hall of Fame, housed at the University of Pennsylvania. As a youth Zaharko was an outstanding badminton player and also
threw the javelin. After she injured her back and couldn’t hit overheads in badminton, she started playing squash at the Wilmington Racquet Club.  In 2006, The Daily Princetonian, the school’s
newspaper, ranked her No. 10 of the 20 greatest athletes to ever play at Princeton.



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