- 2009 Induction Class
Nina’s athleticism comes to her through a long line of athletically gifted relatives. In fact, the DNA is so strong that she is the fourth ”Knowles” woman to be inducted into Sprinsdie’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She graduated with 12 varsity letters from Springside and started playing varsity tennis in sixth grade! Nina continued playing tennis outside of school and was ranked #1 in Philadelphia in the Under 12 and Under 14 divisions. In addition, she was ranked in the top five in the Middle States Tennis Association and competed in two national tennis championships. She won the Ladies’ Singles Tennis Championships at the Philadelphia Cricket Club at the age of 13 and subsequently won the event the other two times she played in it, thereby winning in three separate decades. In Upper School, Nina was captain of the varsity field hockey team and played on the All-Philadelphia field hockey and All-Philadelphia lacrosse teams. At Yale, Nina played varsity squash from sophomore through senior years, and during her senior year, the team finished second in the country. She competed in three U.S. Squash Nationals in 2006, 2008, and 2009, finishing 3rd, 2nd, and 4th.