After guiding the lightweight rowing program to its first gold medals at EARC Sprints since 2000, Nich Lee Parker was unanimously selected Ivy League Coach of the Year.
The first-place finishes were the first for the program since the varsity eight was victorious in 2000 and the Lions claimed the Jope Cup for as the overall lightweight championship.
The Lions will go up against some of the fastest crews in the nation this Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond at Eastern Sprints.
Just two years removed from an IRA National Championship, this year's Columbia lightweight team has reloaded with a young group that has them as one of the favorites to win gold again.
The Lions varsity eight will head into the EARC Sprints winners of four consecutive races.
The Lions are taking on the Dragons at Overpeck Park Saturday morning in its final competition before EARC Sprints.
The Lions swept all three races on the day and will have all four regular-season cups in their trophy case for the first time since 2003.
No. 2 Columbia added another trophy to its case. The Lions' second varsity eight continued its unbeaten streak with a five-second win over Cornell.
On Saturday, the Lions face MIT and Cornell on the Charles for the Geiger Cup. Sunday, Columbia faces Dartmouth in Hanover for the Subin Cup.
The varsity eight claimed the trophy for just the third time since 2003 and for the first time since the 2015 campaign.
The newly minted No. 1 lightweight rowing team will host Yale and Penn for the Blackwell Cup. The full day of racing will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.
In another down-to-the-wire race, the Lions' varsity eight came up just shy of topping the Crimson. The second varsity eight came up with a thrilling win, rallying in the final 500 meters.