The Columbia University fencers have successfully fleched and flunged their way to the Ivy League Championship title with records as clean as their glistening sabres. Sports Editor Jana Jaran brings you the details.
Fencing: After competing in this weekend’s round robin-style tournament hosted at Dodge Fitness Center, both the men and women have claimed the Ivy League Fencing Championship titles for the first time since 2008. Both teams ended the weekend undefeated, 9 CU fencers were named all-Ivy, and the foil individual champion title was claimed by Columbia’s Sylvie Binder.
Squash: Both the men’s and women’s teams lost on Friday night at Princeton. The men lost 5-4 with wins in positions No. 1,2,3, and 7 and the women lost 8-1 with a win in position 3. Luckily, the men’s team fought for a win on Sunday (6-3) against Penn on their celebratory Senior Day while the women lost a close match (5-4).
Tennis: The women’s tennis team had a great weekend, winning the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 1 seed Princeton. This was the team’s third ECAC tournament title (2014, 2016, 2019). The men’s team also beat St. John’s on Sunday afternoon, giving them a 3-0 record on the season.
Basketball: The longest known game in program history for the CU men’s basketball team was played on Friday night with 3 overtimes in a very exciting (but ultimately unavailing) against Harvard. Friday’s 98-96 loss was followed by another on Saturday: 82-66 against Dartmouth, adding another notch to the team’s 16 game losing streak.
The women’s team snagged a win on Friday night against Harvard (75-65), but lost a close game to Dartmouth on Saturday night (70-69) in the team’s Play4Kay Game supporting the Kay Yow cancer fund.
Wrestling: Columbia came out on top with a 25-12 win against Penn after a series of evenly matched opponents took the floor of Levien Gym on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s final home match was not quite as successful with the Lions taking a 20-16 loss to Princeton.
Track & Field: The team was split between Staten Island and Boston this past weekend as the athletes competed in the Fast Track National Elite Meet and the Boston University David emery Valentine Invitational. At BU, Senior Sam Ritz became Columbia’s third-ever sub-4 miler while sophomore Simone Kirton placed third in 60m hurtles back in New York.
Falling in love with the fencing team.