Pellegrino Represents National Squash Team At British Open Championship

Daniel Clarke
St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Squash star Claire Pellegrino ‘24 was back in action for the Storm on Tuesday, January 8, after returning from the Dunlop British Open in Birmingham, England.

The 7th-grade squash prodigy was part of the USA team competing in the Girls Under 13 bracket in what is considered one of the most prestigious events in world squash.

Pellegrino is ranked in the top 10 players for her age group in the U.S. and progressed to the main draw of the British Open by winning her qualifying match. She went on to win two additional matches against opposition from Malta and England before losing to fellow American Riya Navani in the round of 16.

Back at St. Luke’s, Pellegrino helped the Storm to a 6-1 victory over Staples High School winning her match-up in the number one slot.

Asked about her experience at the British Open she said: “It was awesome to be part of the national team and learn from the coaches. Also, getting to play against kids from other countries and play in front of some pretty big crowds was really cool too.”

Pellegrino is representing St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Squash for the first time this year and is playing alongside her two older sisters Katherine ‘19 and Caroline ‘22 - something the New Canaan resident is trying to cherish: “It’s so great to be part of the same team as my two older sisters. Katherine has always been my role model and I have learned so much about squash from Caroline that this is a very special experience for me.”

St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Squash is back on the court on Friday, January 11, at 4pm vs Rye Country Day School.

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