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Columbia Lions “C”: All-American tennis player Oscar Chow ’03 was awarded the Connie S. Maniatty Award as Columbia’s outstanding senior men’s athlete at the annual Varsity “C” Dinner in Lerner Hall on May 6. The honor capped a remarkable season for Columbia’s first All-American tennis player since Jeff Chiang ’90 in 1990.

Chow, who posted a 25-4 record in singles play, reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA outdoor championships before he was eliminated by the nation’s No. 2-ranked player. All players who reach the round of 16 are designated All-Americans. Earlier, Chow had reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA indoor championships.

Erin Raggio ’03 (track and field) was the winner of the Maniatty Award as Columbia’s outstanding women’s athlete. Katie Day ’03 (basketball) and Jarvis Buckman ’03 (track and field) received the Marion R. Philips and Eisenhower watches, respectively. These are presented to the senior student-athletes with the top cumulative GPA who earned at least two varsity letters.

Crew

Columbia’s lightweight crew enjoyed a banner season, winning all four of its Cup races during the regular season and then finishing second in both the Eastern Sprints and the IRA Regatta, crew’s national championship. In addition, the lightweights will compete in this month’s prestigious Henley Royal Regatta outside London for the third time in six years. Columbia competed at Henley in 1998 and 2000.

The lightweight eight, coached by Marc DeRose, completed its regular season by sweeping the Geiger Cup over Cornell and MIT. Earlier, Columbia won the Wit Cup against Rutgers, the Dodge Cup over Yale and Penn and the Subin Cup against Dartmouth.

Columbia placed second in the Eastern Sprints on May 11, finishing four seconds behind Princeton, with Yale third and top-seeded Harvard fourth. But Harvard bounced back to win the nationals on May 31, putting open water between it and the other crews almost from the start and holding on to beat fast-finishing Columbia by nearly two seconds with a time of 5:54.94 to the Lions’ 5:56.93. Georgetown was third, Cornell fourth and Princeton fifth.

“I’m not too disappointed, said DeRose. “I told them if they had nothing left at the end of the race, they had to be satisfied. We couldn’t have rowed any better.”

All-Ivy

Tennis star Oscar Chow ’03 was named Co-Ivy Player of the Year with David Lingman of Harvard. He also was named the Ivy’s Senior of the Year and earned a berth on the All-Ivy First Team for the third consecutive year.

Chow was one of numerous Columbia athletes to earn All-Ivy honors in spring sports. In baseball, pitcher Brian Doveala ’04 made First Team, first baseman Ryan Schmidt ’05 and third baseman Mike Baxter ’06 made Second Team and pitcher Jessen Grant ’04, catcher Joe Catsam ’03, shortstop Billy Hess ’03 and designated player Nick Solaro ’03 received Honorable Mention. In softball, Jackie Adelfio ’06E was named Pitcher of the Year and to the All-Ivy First Team after compiling a 9–4 record, a 1.64 earned run average and striking out 92 batters in 115 innings. Outfielder April Jarvis ’03 made All-Ivy Second Team and catcher Courtney Ryan ’03, first baseman Marisa Marconi ’05, designated player Hilary Jacobs ’05 and utility Allison Buehler ’03 received Honorable Mention.

In track and field, All-Ivy honors are determined by placings in the Heptagonal Championships, which were hosted by Yale on May 3–4. Steve Sundell ’04 earned First Team honors by winning the 5,000 meters and Vincent Galgano ’04 made Second Team by finishing second in the 800 meters. Delilah DiCrescenzo ’05 made first team by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Erin Raggio ’03 made Second Team by finishing second in the 800 meters. Two women’s relay teams also finished second, earning Second Team honors for Sara O’Brien ’04E, Janice Burrell ’06 Barnard, Mary Winter ’04 and Julie Drzycimski ’05 (4x400m) and Raggio, Val Thorson ’04, Mayokia Walker ’04 and Hillary Bontz ’06 (4x800m).

The men’s lightweight crew finished second at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Mass., on May 10 and its members thus earned All-Ivy Second Team honors: David Keefe ’03, Freidrich Thoma ’04, Joey Hoepp ’03, Veljko Urosevic ’03, John Martin ’04, John Wall ’03, Srdjan Stoljilkovic ’03, Milos Tomic ’05E and Andrew Nightingale ’05.

In women’s lacrosse, attacker Adie Moll ’04 was named to the All-Ivy Second Team.

Free Sports

The days of Columbia students paying to attend Lions athletic events will end come the fall semester. Director of Physical Education and Athletics John Reeves announced the decision in April after a discussion with three student council representatives.

Michael Novielli ’03, then-president of the Columbia College Student Body; Laila Shetty ’03 Barnard, then-president of the Student Government Association at Barnard; and JaMel Nelson ’03E, then-president of the Engineering Student Council, argued in favor of eliminating attendance fees for athletic events. General Studies Student Council then-president Katie Daily ’03 GS also endorsed the change. The representatives contended that eliminating the fees would result in an increase in event attendance.

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