The Montgomery Gazette profiled sophomore Kira Keating’s role in the National Capital Squash’s team win at the 2011 U.S. Squash Women’s Team Championships.
An avid soccer player when she was younger, Potomac School (Va.) sophomore Kira Keating of Bethesda said she took up squash in 2007 because her two older brothers played the sport and it looked like fun.
But losing her first eight matches in sanctioned competition that year was slightly less enjoyable, Keating said.
“I’m really competitive so I kept wanting to go to more tournaments so I would finally win one,” she said. “[The losing streak] spanned a couple tournaments.”
Rather than turn her back on the sport, however, Keating said she found motivation in those early struggles.
“I won my first match in probably my third tournament and it felt amazing,” she said.
Keating has come a long way in five years. Last month, she won four of five individual matches to help her team win the 2011 U.S. Squash Women’s Team Championships, held Oct. 21-23 at the Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore.
Read more at the Gazette’s website.