What’s Happening In Columbia Sports: It’s Almost Over Edition
Written by Abby Rubel
Classes are almost over, the strike is (maybe) almost over, and most Columbia teams are finishing up their regular season!
Men’s Tennis: If Columbia (16-4, 5-1 Ivy) wins at Cornell (10-10, 3-3 Ivy) on Saturday at 1 pm, they’ll split the Ivy title with Dartmouth (20-5, 6-1 Ivy). Dartmouth, however, has already clinched the Ivy’s automatic berth to the NCAA championships thanks to a victory over Columbia on April 15, which snapped the Light Blue’s 22-match conference win streak. Columbia has won the Ivy title for the past four years, although it was shared with Cornell and Harvard last year. Dartmouth hasn’t won a title since 1997 and has only ever won three titles. Columbia and Cornell both dominated last weekend, winning both matches.
Softball: The Lions (19-18, 11-7 Ivy) will face off against Cornell (12-21, 7-8 Ivy) this weekend to determine if they’ll head to the Ivy League Championship Series. Right now, the Lions are in third place behind Harvard and Dartmouth. Only the top two teams go to the series. Harvard also ends its regular season this weekend, while Dartmouth will also play a series against Brown next weekend. The Light Blue will need to have a better record than at least one of those teams to go to the series; they lose a head-to-head record tiebreaker. Regardless of what happens this weekend, the Lions are guaranteed their first winning record in program history.
Lightweight Rowing: The crew team will row its last race of the regular season on Saturday with a home race against Drexel. Following last weekend’s victory over Dartmouth, the varsity eight has won all official cup races this season for the second time ever, and the first time since 2003. Drexel’s varsity eight lost to both Temple and Saint Joseph’s last weekend in the Bergen Cup race. They also lost to Columbia last season in the first two varsity races, but were triumphant in the third.
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