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Columbia University: 2021-2022 Season Preview

Columbia University Lions


  • Associate Head Coach Joanne Schickerling takes over as the interim head coach.
  • While she has big shoes to fill after the departure of Jacques Swanepoel – the only varsity coach in the program’s history – the Lions have two sizable rosters full of talent to take on all comers.
  • The women’s team finished 5th in the country in 2020, the highest finish ever in program history, and they hope to push to even greater heights this season.
  • After winning the Hoehn Cup (B Division) in 2020, the Columbia men are extremely motivated to break back into the Top 8 to compete for a national championship.

Interim Head Coach:  Joanne Schickerling
Assistant Coach: To be announced.

Women’s Team Captains:  Ellie McVeign, Habiba Mohamed
Men’s Team Captains:  Chaitanya Shah, James Wyatt

Women’s Team Roster Updates
Returning Players
:  Habiba Mohamed (First Team All-America), Erica McGillicuddy, Ellie McVeigh, Cynthia Cao, Bunny Fox, Daisy Lentz, Pranjali Sharma
Graduated/Non-Returning Starting Players:  Nicole Kendall, Jui Kalgutkar, Jane Pincus, Doria Chen, Julia Masch, Caroline Soper
Additions to 2021-2022 Roster:  Rewa Bharma, Renee Chan, Julia Fink, Anika Kanchi, Naira Kothari, Megan Meyerson, Farida Mohamed, Jannia Singh, Diksha Aurobindo, Sarah Cao, Sin Yuk Chan

Women’s Team Goal:  Improve on team’s top 5 ranking and contend for an Ivy League and National Title

Women’s Key Matches:  Virginia, Drexel, full Ivy League schedule, Trinity

Coach’s Quote about the Women’s Team: “We have an incredibly talented group of women this season who are motivated and hungry to get back on court after not competing last season. I expect the women to take the Columbia team to new heights and to finish the season the highest the team has ever finished in program history!”

Men’s Team Roster Updates
Returning Players:  Velavan Senthilkumar (First Team All-America), James Wyatt (Second Team All-America), Callan Hall, Chaitanya Shah, Justin Ghaeli, Aditya Kankariya, Hugh Camiener, Vishan Patel, Nico Hughes, Andrew Jung
Graduated/Non-Returning Starting Players:  Robin Mann, Krish Kapur, Rahul Sehrawat
Additions to 2021-2022 Roster:  Sankalp Anand, Harold Castiaux, Zach Nam, Rutvik Rau, Sameer Saxena, Jacob Bulbulia, Ryan Chen, Gonzalo Santiago Fernandez de la Mora, Adam Goad, Gabriel Yun

Men’s Team Goal:  Make the top draw for Men’s Nationals and get back into the top 5.

Men’s Key Matches:  Virginia, Drexel, Cornell, Yale, Rochester

Coach’s Quote about the Men’s Team: “After missing out on a chance to compete last year, we have a very deep and talented squad of returners and incomers who I expect to be the toughest team physically and mentally this year and who are determined to break back into the top 5 this season.”

To read season previews for other CSA teams, please visit the 2021-2022 College Squash Season Previews page.