Team USA Readies for Pan American Championships

Olivia Blatchford Clyne (l) and Shahjahan Khan

Team USA will aim to earn top seeding at the quadrennial 2023 Pan American Games this fall with a strong performance at the Pan American Championships, June 2-10, in Cartagena, Colombia.

The Pan Am Championships will feature individual, team and softball doubles competitions, the results of which will solidify seeding at the upcoming Pan American Games in Chile this fall. The Pan American Games are the highest level of international competition for Team USA, and Team USA has topped the medal tables at the past two competitions in 2015 and 2019.

The Pan Am Championships U.S. delegation–led by the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach Ong Beng Hee and Strength and Conditioning Coach Brigita Roemer–will feature a mix of youth and experience.

The U.S. women’s team will be led by world No. 13 Olivia Blatchford Clyne and world No. 16 Sabrina Sobhy–both two-time Pan American Games team gold medalists. Twenty-year-old world No. 59 Marina Stefanoni will make her third appearance at the Pan American Championships, while seventeen-year-old U.S. junior Champion Caroline Fouts is set for her Pan Ams debut.

The U.S. men’s team will feature three Pan American Championships debuts for world No. 39 Shahjahan Khan and world No. 80 Spencer Lovejoy. World No. 55 Timmy Brownell and veteran Chris Gordon are both set for his third Pan Ams appearances.

“This tournament is both an important step towards positioning ourselves well for success in Santiago this fall, and an opportunity for this group of players to test themselves in a packed schedule,” Beng Hee said. “We want to reach the podium in every competition and bring home as many gold medals as possible.”