Feb

23

What’s Happening In Columbia Sports

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Tag yourself, I’m the guy squinting into the sun.

Tired of all the basketball hype? Check out what some of the lesser-known sports have going on this weekend! (Ok, baseball is one of the major sports, but almost no one goes to games, so it counts.)

Men’s Swimming and Diving: The Ivy League Championships started on Wednesday at Princeton and will continue through Sunday. So far, Columbia’s performance hasn’t been particularly outstanding, mostly finishing races in fifth place or lower. Their only first-place finish so far is from first-year Jonathan Suckow in the one meter diving competition. Most of the competition has been time trials and preliminary races so far (to determine which heat the teams swim in), so the Lions could still finish strong.

Softball/Baseball: Both teams will have their season openers this weekend. The softball team kicks it all off at the FAU “Strike-Out-Cancer” Tournament in Florida against Texas State at 3:45 pm on Friday. After a promising 5-0 Ivy start last season, the Light Blue finished with a disappointing 8-12 record. This weekend will be particularly tough—they’re facing three teams that advanced to the NCAA regional round. But if last year’s solid offense is partnered with improvements on defense, the Lions could do quite well this season. Baseball, meanwhile, is headed out to Las Vegas to play University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 9:00 pm on Friday. Last season, they had only a 18-23 record overall but still managed to post an impressive 12-8 Ivy record. Unfortunately, they lost a crucial playoff game to Penn that ended their postseason early.

Men’s Squash: Now ranked nationally at number two after clinching the Ivy title last weekend, the Lions will head up to Trinity this weekend to take on the top eight teams in the country in the CSA Nationals competition. Their first matchup is against University of Rochester at 4:00 pm. The Light Blue beat Rochester handily, 6-3, back in January. If they win that match, they’ll face the winner of the Harvard/Penn match.

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