By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM ET

Columbia UniversityNew York, NY — Columbia was on the verge of bringing the Kurtz Cup (B Division) crown back to New York City last year. In a very tight match in the final, George Washington prevailed, 5-4. The loss just makes Columbia more motivated. This season, they want to move up to the Howe Cup (A Division). From last season’s starting nine at Team Championships, the Lions only lost one player, and another will be studying abroad during the fall semester. Fortunately, Columbia has four talented recruits that are expected to make their ladder deeper.  The team will once again partner with StreetSquash, one of the NUSEA programs based in New York City. Each team member volunteers there each week. The team plans to continue its Central Park training runs and team sushi dinners this season. According to assistant coach Joanne Schickerling, “Make sure Columbia is on your radar as big things are happening with the program.”

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-7

Final Ranking: 10

Team Championships: 2nd in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 2… Position with the Most Wins: #5s and 6s had 10 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jacques Swanepoel

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Colette Sultana (2017);  3. Catherine Jenkins (2016); 5. Leah Barnet (2016); 6. Maya Patel (2017); 7. Alisha Maity (2015); 8. Kate Calihan (2015); 9. Diya Kumar (2016); 11. Jamie Pawlik (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Grace Van Arkel (2017, transfer to Penn); 4. Reyna Pacheco (2016, studying abroad during the fall); 10. Monica Stone (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster: Adele Bernard (Phillips Academy Andover – Brooklyn, NY); Addie Fulton (Deerfield Academy – Fairfield, CT); Tanvi Khanna (Modern School – New Delhi, India); and Sophie Rhee (Millfield School – Malta, UK); Emmanuelle Rizk (French American School of New York – Rye, New York)

Captains: Alisha Maity and Kate Calihan

Team Goals: To keep improving and break into the top 8.

Key Matches: All matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.