Columbia: 2014 – 2015 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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Columbia UniversityNew York, NY — Columbia is ready. Ready to step into the top division, the Potter Cup, at Team Championships. Ready to compete for the Ivy League title. Columbia is ready to make a statement this season. With the Lions’ returning line-up and the addition of five talented freshmen, it is hard to argue with Columbia’s goals. Tri-captain Ramit Tandon, who is known for his sportsmanship,  is poised to shine in his senior campaign. After reaching the Pool Trophy final as a freshman, Tandon wants one more shot to win the elusive title. The Lions will volunteer once again at StreetSquash, one of New York’s NUSEA programs, both on and off the courts. According to assistant coach Joanne Schickerling, “This will be the most challenging schedule in program history, with quality opponents and a high percentage of away matches.” This year could mark the beginning of a new player in the hunt for the national and Ivy League titles.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-7

Final Ranking: 10

Team Championships: 2nd in the Hoehn Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 4 … Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 14 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jacques Swanepoel

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ramit Tandon (2015 – CSA First Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team); 2. Rishi Tandon (2017 – CSA Second Team All-American); 3. Mohamed AbdelMaksoud (2015); 4. Joshua Sekhar (2017); 5. Daniel Saleem (2015); 6. Jonathan Gill (2017); 8. Tarun Nambiar (2015); 9. Alex Nalle (2015); 11. Richard Soper (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 7. Alec Goldberg (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 10. Andrew Tan (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Seif Attia (Cairo, Egpyt)
  • Osama Khalifa (Cairo, Egpyt)
  • Arhum Saleem (Alpharetta, GA)
  • Garrett Donnelly (Atlanta, GA)
  • Oliver Agger (Brooklyn, NY)

Captains: Ramit Tandon, Alex Nalle, and Mohammed AbdelMaksoud

Team Goals: To have the best record in program history and compete for the Ivy League and national titles

Key Matches: Any team in the top 16

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