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Bwog Sports Sunday: Hand Out the Hardware
Katie Meili CC'13 made Ivies her bitch

Katie Meili CC’13 made Ivies her bitch

The Lions racked up some serious hardware this week as the winter season comes to a close. Breaststroker and overall swimming machine Katie Meili walked away from the Women’s Swimming and Diving Ivy League Championships this weekend with three individual titles, three pool records, three school records, two Ivy League records, the Swimmer of the Meet title for the second straight year, and the Career High Point Swimmer title. In her best race, the 100 breaststroke, Meili broke her own Ivy League record in prelims and then broke it again that night in finals, with her closest adversary almost two body lengths back. Another outstanding performance came from junior Alena Kluge, who dropped seven seconds off her personal best time in the 400 IM to claim the Ivy League title in the event, before going on to break the school record in the 200 backstroke the next day. The Lions finished the weekend third overall with the highest point total in school history, and the Lady Lions weren’t the only ones cleaning up at Ivy League Championships this weekend. Both Men’s and Women’s Fencing finished 2nd overall this weekend at the Ivy League Championships and now have their sights set on NCAA Northeast Regionals.

Outside of the championship competitions, the accolades kept coming in for Columbia’s standout athletes. Baseballinsider.com has some nice things to say about the Baseball team before they opened their season this weekend, calling senior Nick Ferraresi the Ivy League’s “most underrated hitter.” Ferraresi is also a candidate for the Senior CLASS award, given to an NCAA Division I baseball player who has an affinity for c-words like community, classroom, character, and competition. Junior sprinter Marvellous Iheukwumere led the way in Track & Field All-Ivy selections with two first-team nods in the 200m dash and 600m dash. Nine other Track & Field athletes also made All-Ivy selections. In other T&F news, Mark Feigen broke the 3000m school record on Saturday, coming in at 8:04, and Trina Bills took down the 800m school record with her time of 2:07.59. In Wrestling, seniors Steve Santos and Steve West shared a name and a place on first-team All-Ivy League, joined by two other Lions wrestlers who received second-team honors. Women’s Basketball beat Brown for the second time this season, with a little help from Tyler Simpson, who posted 26 points. Men’s Basketball took down Yale on Saturday before a heartbreaking buzzer beater loss to Brown on Saturday in the final home game of the season. Lacrosse also had a heartbreaking weekend, falling in double overtime to Brown in their Ivy League opener. The Lions were on their way up and making history in the rankings this week. Women’s Tennis broke into the top 50 in the ITA rankings for the first time in program history after taking down ranked opponents like No. 42 Kansas State, while the Men’s Tennis team cruised to a No. 33 national ranking after crushing Binghamton last weekend.

All the results from the week after the jump!


Bwog Sports Sunday: Nemo Cancels Some
Lions can swim better than tigers

Lions can swim better than tigers

Nemo postponed quite a few sporting events this past weekend, but some Columbia teams couldn’t be deterred by the weather in a way that would make the postal service proud. Women’s Swimming & Diving trumped Princeton 194-104 in a home finale honoring seniors. The 200 medley relay broke the school and pool record, and Alena Kluge, Katie Meili, and the 200 free relay also broke pool records. After falling in a close game to Dartmouth, Men’s Basketball rebounded by beating Harvard and ending the seven-game losing streak to the Crimson dating back four years. Meanwhile, the former men’s soccer coach Dieter Ficken was honored at the NYC Soccer Gala as someone who proved formative in the city’s history of the sport. Other team results can be found below, and many teams will be heading to nationals soon, so stay tuned for their results!

Check out detailed results from the week after the jump:

Bwog Sports Sunday: Besides the Super Bowl


Jackie Dubrovich, center, is National Rookie of the Week and kind of a badass

Jackie Dubrovich, center, is National Rookie of the Week and kind of a badass

Someone from Columbia is participating in Super Bowl XLVII tonight! Well, he’s not playing or anything, but Associate Athletic Director of Sports Medicine Jim Gossett with be on the sidelines serving as one of two “spotters,” whose job is to look for head and neck injuries during the game. Pretty big gig for an Ivy League AD. Now while the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers open for Beyonce tonight, let’s look back at this week’s results for the Columbia Lions. At The Amory this weekend, four Men’s Track & Field runners made history, breaking the Columbia University record in the Distance Medley relay, which consists of a 1200m leg, followed by 400m leg, then a 800m leg, and finally a 1600m leg. The quartet of John Gregorek, Harrison McFann, Connor Claflin, Mark Feigen clocked in at the record-breaking time of 9:40.67, the fifth-fastest NCAA time of the season. The Lions saw even more success in the second day of competition at The Amory Collegiate Invitational, including two first place finishes in both the Men’s and Women’s 4 x 800m relays. Over 100 teams were represented at the Invitational. Men’s Tennis also had an impressive weekend, beating Fordham 6-1 in their second win of the season and Men’s Swimming & Diving captured their fifth straight win against Navy. Though they didn’t compete this weekend, the Women’s Swimming & Diving team moved to No. 23 in national rankings following four consecutive wins. Men’s Basketball has been on a streak as well, but not the good kind, as they dropped their third straight game against Princeton yesterday. In fencing, both the Men’s and Women’s teams cleaned up at the NYU Invitational last Sunday, winning all ten of their combined matched. Freshman foilist Jackie Dubrovich was named National Rookie of the Week by CollegeFencing360.com after winning a combined 21 of 23 bouts in the St. John’s and NYU Invitationals.Touché.

Check out the rest of the results from the week after the jump


Bwog Sports Sunday: Back From Break
The Lions are back in town

The Lions are back in town

It was a busy break for the Lions with a number of successes to report. Men’s Basketball opened the Ivy League season with a big win over Cornell, and Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving added Ivy League wins against Brown and Cornell. Fencing cleaned up at the Penn State Invitational on January 12th, winning nine of ten matches between the Men’s and Women’s teams. Men’s Squash picked up five wins over the break and Wrestling won two of three matches at the Cal Poly Mustang Duals. More recently, Women’s Track & Field took home the Metropolitan Indoor Track & Field Championship title for the second consecutive year, besting the other 14 teams in the field, including Fordham and Rutgers.

Find out all the Lions scores you missed over break after the jump, along with some other sports-related news:


Bwog Sports Sunday: Finished for Finals

Barbour made faces like this en route to 1,000 career points

In some of the final contests before a “break” for finals, the Lions came away with some big wins. In the Men’s Basketball game this afternoon, senior Brian Barbour reached the 1,000-career points milestone, making him just the 25th player in program history to achieve it. Barbour’s 19 points helped the Lions to a 54-42 road win against American to end the semester right. Women’s Swimming & Diving also had a big weekend, pummeling Penn on Friday in their first Ivy League win of the season. But it wasn’t all holiday cheer for CU. Women’s Basketball lost a heart-breaker to Iona that came down to the final seconds, but the team will have another chance to start finals on a high note when they take on Saint Francis on Tuesday at home. Could make for a nice reading week study break…

Get the rest of the details from this weeks games after the jump.


Bwog Sports Sunday: Win More Indoors

Not this kind of squash

Even as the impending doom of finals approaches, the Lions remain in action and thankfully move indoors for the winter sports season. Unfortunately, it was a better weekend for individual performances than team results, especially in basketball. In a sold-out Levien Gymnasium, Men’s B-Ball let a 17-point lead slip away against Bucknell, even as senior Brian Barbour racked up 19 points. Sophomore Caitlin Unsworth had a similarly impactful performance on the Women’s team with a career-high 16 points in a road loss to Bryant. But it was Men’s Squash and Fencing that stole the show this weekend by brutally beating their opponents. The Squash boys opened the season with a 9-0 pummeling over Georgetown, and Men’s and Women’s fencing posted two dominant wins each in the Blue Gym to open the dual meet season.

Catch up with your Lions news after the jump, including the results of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving meets.


Bwog Sports Sunday: Transition Time


Though the Football season came to a close this weekend with a disappointing road loss to Brown, CU sports are far from over this semester as winter season contests are already in full-force. But before we leave the fall behind, we should say a few final words about the fall season. Sixteen Lions were named to All-Ivy teams from Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, and Field Hockey, including five First-Team honors. Men’s XC and Volleyball both made program history this fall, as Men’s XC took 17th in NCAA Nationals and Volleyball finished 2nd in the Ivy League for the first time ever. And lastly, and perhaps most notably, Football tripled their wins from last season. If Coach Pete Mangurian keeps up that trend, the Lions will be 9-1 next year

The transition to the winter season has already seen a number of successes, including wins this week from Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Swimming & Diving. To boot, Wrestling took 2nd place in New York State Wrestling Championships and a freshman fencer took gold in the North American Cup.

After the jump, get caught up on this week’s athletic contests, including all the Ivy League honors for fall season athletes.


Bwog Sports Sunday: Trophy Lifting Time

Football wins! Seriously!

The Empire State Bowl may well have lived up to its grandiose name on Saturday as Football played their best half of the season to beat Cornell 34-17 in the final home game of 2012 – or forever if the Mayans have their way. While Football was the only team that lifted a trophy this weekend, some others came pretty damn close. Volleyball concluded the season with their fifth straight win, beating Princeton 3-1 and earning them a program-best 2nd place in the Ivy League. To add to the good news, senior sensation Meghan Gaughn cruised passed the career kill record of 1,256 on Friday against Penn. Men’s Cross Country finished in 2nd place at the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Saturday, making program history and earning them an automatic bid to the NCAA Nationals.

After the jump, get all the details from this week’s athletic contests, including the final Ivy League standings for Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Men’s and Women’s Soccer.


Bwog Sports Sunday: What Goes Around Comes Around

A football spins clockwise, unlike Sandy, who spins counter clockwise

Before what will almost undoubtedly be a record-breaking storm, the Lions made some history of their own this weekend as Football beat Yale for the first time since 2001. After blowing fourth quarter leads in two straight games, the Lions finally made a late-game charge of their own, coming back to beat Yale with a touchdown in the final minutes. Karma didn’t serve the Field Hockey team quite as well, as they fell in overtime to Yale after winning an overtime game of their own by the same margin over Penn just two weeks ago.

It’s doubtful that you’re really concerned with this week’s sports scores and results given that a wall of wind and water is headed our way, but regardless Bwog delivers you your weekly CU sports round-up.


Bwog Sports Sunday: Homecoming Heartbreakers

Physical and emotional purging after Homecoming disappointment

It was a heartbreaking Homecoming weekend for the Lions as team after team fell to Dartmouth by the slimmest of margins, often watching leads disappear. For those 11,127  fans that survived their pre-games and made it into Wein Stadium (not just to the tailgate), probably covered in beer and runny face paint, it was a crushing and frustrating experience to watch the Lions lose yet another fourth quarter lead after coming so close to breaking the Homecoming dry spell. It wasn’t all bad news this weekend, though. Senior Volleyball star Meghan Gaughn made history by becoming to first Columbia volleyball player to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. Do you think she can throw a football? 

Get caught up on this week’s CU sports news and results below, including an exciting 5-set volleyball victory over Cornell. 


Bwog Sports Sunday: Down to the Wire

Gabby played hero with her double OT goal

This week’s sports contests featured a number of nail-biters, keeping fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle. In Field Hockey, senior sensation Gabby Kozlowski scored a breakaway goal in double overtime to beat Penn and put her one goal away from the all-time career goal record. Unfortunately, not all these close contests came out in favor of the light blue. Football saw their 10-point fourth quarter lead slip away as Penn tallied two touchdowns in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game. Men’s Soccer’s game, too, came down to the wire, but ended in a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of play.

Find out more about your Columbia Lions after the jump, including one of the best Cross Country performances in program history. And don’t forget, next weekend is HOMECOMING!

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Bwog Sports Sunday: Still Fighting It
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The women’s cross country team won their 15th straight Metropolitan Championship

Columbia athletics put up a series of tough fights this week.  A tough one for women’s soccer and volleyball, but both cross country teams found victory in the Metropolitan Championships in the Bronx.  Field hockey had their ups and downs with a win and a loss, and the football team continued to struggle with a loss against Lehigh.  The men’s soccer team evened out their Ivy League recorded with a win against Penn, bringing them to 1-1.

Catch the full rundown of this week’s athletics contests below.

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Bwog Sports Sunday: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Colleen Rizzo CC’14 scored the game-winner against Brown

After beating up on the Big Red last weekend, the Lions had a number of tough contests that ended with mixed results. Men’s Cross Country cruised their way to a second place finish in the Louisville Classic. Women’s Soccer took down Brown for their second straight Ivy League match, putting them at the top of the league, and Volleyball edged out the Bears, too, in a close five-setter. Men’s Soccer, however, didn’t fare the same against Brown, falling 1-2, despite a late goal. And then there’s Football, where the Princeton Tigers returned the favor of Columbia’s 38-0 and 42-14 whoopings in 2009 and 2010, respectively, with a 33-6 clobbering of their own on Saturday. As they say, you can’t win ‘em all.

Catch the full rundown of this week’s athletics contests below.

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Bwog Sports Sunday: Beating up on the Big Red

It was a tough weekend for Cornell’s women’s teams as they rode the long bus back to Ithaca having lost all three of the weekend’s contests to the Lions. First, on Friday, senior Isabel King’s lone goal in the eighth minute of play was good enough for a 1-0 victory in Women’s Soccer. Then, sophomore Denise Dearman led the Lions with eight kills as Volleyball swept the Big Red in three straight sets in Levien. Finally, seniors Gabby Kozlowski and Bridget DeSandis finished off Cornell with a goal each in Field Hockey’s 2-1 victory. At least they’ve got those gorges to get back to, and all imaginable puns that go with it.

Get the full Columbia Athletics round-up below, including the highlights of Football’s heartbreaking loss to Fordham after a touchdown was called back.

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Bwog Sports Sunday: Winning Weekend

Columbia Invitational MVP Atlanta Moye-McLaren goes for the kill

Class of 2016, cherish this moment. Your Columbia Lions football team is undefeated. The team opened the 2012 season with a narrow 10-9 victory over Marist, erasing fears that the Lions would have another 9-game winless streak to start the season and undoubtedly taking some pressure off new football head coach Pete Mangurian. The football squad wasn’t the only winner this weekend. Volleyball swept the Columbia Invitational with three straight wins and freshman Atlanta Moye-McLaren was named MVP of the tournament. To boot, Field Hockey extended their win streak to four and both Men’s and Women’s soccer teams added wins to their records.

Read on for more Columbia Athletics news and results from the week.

Volleyball (5-4):


Columbia Invitational
Colgate 3-1 (W)
Rhode Island 3-0 (W)
Hofstra 3-2 (W)

Overview: Volleyball opened their home season this weekend as they hosted Colgate, Rhode Island, and Hofstra in Levien for the Columbia Invitational. The Lion’s faced Colgate in their first match of the weekend on Friday, where strong blocking made the difference in the four-set contest. After winning the first two sets 25-18, 25-20, Columbia dropped the third set despite an emphatic kill from junior Savannah Fletcher to tie the score at 24-24. The Raiders took the next two points and the set 26-24, before falling to the Lions 25-19 in the fourth. Columbia outblocked Colgate 28 to 5 in the win.

The Lions carried the momentum from Friday’s win into Saturday as they swept Rhode Island in three straight sets. After mounting a commanding two set lead, Columbia struggled to finish off the Rams in the third, narrowly scraping by with a 28-26 win. Later in the day, the Lions faced Hofstra for a back-and-forth five-set battle to close out the tournament. The Hofstra Pride came out strong in the first set, recording 19 kills to Columbia’s seven and winning the opening set 25-19. The Pride continued to put pressure on the Lions in the second set, but Columbia broke ahead late in the set to a 24-20 lead before closing it out, 25-21. The third set went to the Lions, but the Pride came charging back in the fourth, opening with four unanswered points at taking the set 25-19. The fifth set was as competitive and nail-bitingly close as the rest of the game, but Columbia pulled ahead with three consecutive points to jump to a 10-7 lead before finishing the Pride off, 15-12.

Freshman Atlanta Moye-McLaren was named MVP of the tournament, who posted double-doubles against Rhode Island and Hofstra with 10 kills and 13 digs in each. Moye-McLaren was joined by Fletcher and senior Megan Gaughn on the All-Tournament team.

Up Next: The Lions open their Ivy League season next Saturday (9/22) against Cornell at 2 pm in Levien Gymnasium

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