NEW YORK— Osama Khalifa has been named the Ivy League Player of the Year, the Ivy League announced on Friday.
Khalifa received this award for the second straight season. The junior posted a 15-1 record at the No. 1 position for the Lions, with his lone loss Ivy loss coming to Harvard’s Saadeldin Abouaish (9-11, 5-11, 1-11). Behind Khalifa’s 6-1 record in Ivy League competition, the Lions finished as the League runner-up at 6-1 and posted a 12-4 overall mark as the fourth-place finisher at the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships.
Khalifa went on to claim the CSA Individual National Championship and Pool Trophy with an 11-1, 11-6, 11-5 win over Rochester’s Mario Yanez. He is Columbia’s first-ever national champion.
Rishi Tandon was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy team for the second straight season with an undefeated 7-0 mark in Ivy League play at the No. 2 position.
The senior finished 13-3 overall and was selected to play at the CSA Individual Championships. A four year starter, Tandon will be missed at the top of the Lions line up next season.