Feb

26

What Happened In Columbia Sports

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What an intense look of concentration.

America’s win in curling not exciting enough for you? Maybe this weekend’s Columbia games will do it for you!

Men’s Swimming and Diving: Columbia finished the Ivy League Championships strong, coming in fourth with 1,107.5 points—523 points behind first-place Harvard and a mere 75 points ahead of Penn. First-year Jonathan Suckow won all the diving titles for the Lions, giving Columbia its third sweep in three years. Senior Michal Zyla broke his own school record in the 200 backstroke preliminaries, finishing the race in 1:43.17, then came in fourth in the race. Overall, a highly respectable weekend for the Lions to finish out their regular season.

Softball/Baseball: Softball struggled this weekend at the FAU “Strike-Out-Cancer” Tournament, dropping all of their games. First came a 6-2 loss against Texas State. First-year Maria Pagane hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning of her Columbia debut, but Columbia failed to score any more runs against Texas’ tough defense. Later on Friday, the Lions lost to Florida Atlantic 8-6, although they came back from a seven-point deficit in the top of the second. Saturday featured a 4-0 loss to Tulsa and a close 5-4 loss to Illinois-Chicago. A 10-3 blow-out loss against Texas State finished softball’s weekend. Baseball also had a disappointing weekend. The Lions lost all four of their games against University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They started out with an 8-3 loss on Friday, and things only got worse. Saturday featured two double-digit losses—13-7 in the morning and 11-0 in the afternoon. The Light Blue finished their dismal weekend on Sunday with a 13-3 loss. However, it’s worth keeping in mind for both softball and baseball that their pre-season schedules are often much tougher than their Ivy competition.

Men’s Squash: Men’s squash finished in third place this weekend, the team’s highest-ever finish. Columbia defeated University of Rochester 6-3 to advance to the Nationals semi-finals, but lost 6-3 against Harvard. Senior Osama Khalifa, sophomore Robin Mann, and first-year Velavan Senthilkumar all defeated their opponents, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Crimson. The Lions faced St. Lawrence today in a battle for third place and beat them 7-2, forcing St. Lawrence to claim fourth place.

Men’s Basketball: won 89-82 against Brown, lost 83-73 against Yale
Women’s Basketball: won 90-74 at Brown, lost 66-59 at Yale
Women’s Track and Field: placed fourth at Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
Men’s Track and Field: placed eighth at Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
Lacrosse: Lost 13-12 against Lehigh

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