Princeton, N.J. - One season after winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Columbia squash sophomore Osama Khalifa progressed to Player of the Year honors when the annual League awards were announced Thursday, March 17.
Khalifa’s election makes it back-to-back Player of the Year awards for Columbia after Ramit Tandon became the first Lion to win the award last year. The 2015 national runner-up, Khalifa went a perfect 7-0 from the No. 1 spot this season in Ancient Eight play this season.
"It's amazing that Osama ended up winning player of the year considering that he has been struggling with his back for the past three months, " said Columbia head coach Jacques Swanepoel. "He is incredibly determined and mentally tough and he is a great example for the rest of the team."
Khalifa was also one of six unanimous All-Ivy selections in the coaches’ balloting. Joining Khalifa on the men's first team was junior Rishi Tandon. With a 7-0 record in Ancient Eight play at the No.2 & No.1 spots, Tandon earned his first unanimous selection.
"Rishi had the best season of his career and has really matured as player over the last three years. I am really excited to see how he does as a senior considering the sharp upward trend in his game over the last few years, " said Swanepoel.
Sophomore Tanvi Khanna represented the Lions on the women's All-Ivy League first team. The Holleran C Division Champion, led Columbia at the top position this season and becomes the second in program history to earn All-Ivy honors.
"Tanvi was out with an injury her entire first year at Columbia but we always knew that she was very talented. She has worked really hard this year to come back and nobody would guess that she missed six months of training. We are lucky to have her at the top of our lineup," said Swaneopel.