PRINCETON, N.J.—Ten Columbia University student-athletes were named to the 2017 Winter Academic All-Ivy League Team, league officials announced on Wednesday morning.
Earning Winter Academic All-Ivy League honors for Columbia were Osama Khalifa (Men’s Squash), Jayden Pantel (Men’s Diving), Garrett Ryan (Wrestling), Alex Sauer (Men’s Track & Field), Nolen Scruggs (Men’s Fencing), Jessica Antiles (Women’s Swimming & Diving), Henna Rustami (Women’s Track & Field), Mason Speta (Women’s Fencing), Colette Sultana (Women’s Squash) and Camille Zimmerman (Women’s Basketball).
Six of the student-athletes—Khalifa, Pantel, Rustami, Speta, Sultana and Zimmerman—all earned Academic All-Ivy League honors for the second time.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team. The conference announces 10 Academic All-Ivy League selections (five men and five women) after each of its three athletic seasons: fall, winter and spring.
Following is a breakdown of each Columbia Winter Academic All-Ivy League selections:
COLUMBIA’S WINTER ACADEMIC ALL-IVY LEAGUE SELECTIONS (10)
OSAMA KHALIFA, Squash, Junior, Cairo, Egypt, Major: Statistics
2017 College Squash National Champion, Columbia’s first-ever national champion in squash…Three-time First Team All-America selection…Two-time Ivy League Player of the Year…Finished 2016-17 season with a 15-1 overall record…Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection…Team captain.
JAYDEN PANTEL, Diving, Junior, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Major: Economics
NCAA Championship qualifier in the 3-meter and platform diving events…Finished with a score of 705.65 in 3-meter to rank fourth in the NCAA Zone A Regionals…Swept 1 and 3-meter titles at the Ivy League Championships for the second consecutive year…Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection…Placed 38th in the 3-meter diving and 30th in the platform diving at NCAA Championships…Three-time NCAA Championship competitor in diving…Accumulated a career conference record of 21-0…Set program records in the 3-meter dive (410.7).
GARRETT RYAN, Wrestling, Junior, Scottsdale, Ariz., Major: History
2017 EIWA Heavyweight Champion…Became Columbia’s first EIWA champion since 2013 when Steve Santos won a title at 149 pounds…Defeated Central Michigan’s Newton Smerchek for his second career win at the NCAA Championships…Led Lions with 27 wins (pre-NCAAs) and finished with a 27-9 overall record…Three-time First Team All-Ivy League heavyweight…Three-time NCAA Championship qualifier at heavyweight…Went 23-10 as a sophomore and 22-14 as a freshman…Career record is 72-33 and 13-2 in the Ivy League.
ALEK SAUER, Track & Field, Sophomore, Yardley, Pa., Major: Biological Studies
Indoor Heps champion in the 1,000-meter run (2:24.96) who went from fourth to first place in the final 50 meters…Indoor Heps champion in the 4x800-meter relay, one of just two men at the 2017 Indoor Heps to win a relay and individual title…Earned All-Ivy League honors in the indoor 800-meter run…Named a 2016 USTFCCCA Academic All-American.
NOLEN SCRUGGS, Fencing, Sophomore, Ozone Park, N.Y., Major: Political Science
NCAA runner-up in the individual men’s foil at 2017 NCAA Championships…First Team All-Ivy League selection at the Ivy Championships with a 10-4 record…Finished with a 39-24 record this season and has accumulated a 94-40 career record…Second Team All-Ivy League selection as a freshman.
JESSICA ANTILES, Swimming & Diving, Sophomore, South Orange, N.J., Major: Psychology
Earned four relay wins and a 100-freestyle individual victory during the Ivy League regular season…Placed fifth in the 200 IM at the Ivy League Championships.
HENNA RUSTAMI, Track & Field, Senior, Syosset, N.Y., Major: Political Science
Indoor Heps Champion in the 3,000-meter run 9:34.66…Also claimed an Indoor Heps title in the distance medley relay after running an anchor split of 4:38.61 (school-record at that distance is 4:40.72)…Ran fastest 3,000-meter in school history, taking second place at the Villanova Invitational (9:10.56)…Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection as she earned the honor in the fall with the cross country team…Advanced to the NCAA Cross Country Championships as an individual runner…Placed eighth at Northeast Regional Cross Country championships…Finished 15th at the Ivy League Cross Country championships.
MASON SPETA, Fencing, Senior, Chicago, Ill., Major: Film (School of the Arts)
The only fencer in the Class of 2017, male or female, to compete at four straight NCAA Championships…Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection…Accumulated 229-152 four-year record…Three-time All-American selection in individual women’s epee (Honorable Mention as a senior, First Team as a junior, Second Team as a sophomore)…All-Ivy League Second Team as a sophomore.
COLETTE SULTANA, Squash, Senior, Malta, Major: Economics
Won Holleran West Championship at 2017 CSA Individual Championships (B Division)…Second Team All-America selection…Accumulated a 10-5 overall record, best on the team in 2016-17…Concluded season ranked No. 20 in the nation…Only women’s squash player at Columbia to win two-thirds of their matches at this year’s CSA Team Championships…Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection.
CAMILLE ZIMMERMAN, Basketball, Junior, Tempe, Ariz., Major: Economics
Unanimous First Team All-Ivy League selection, one of only two league players to earn that distinction…Set Columbia’s single season scoring record with 608 points and single season average record…Ranked among the nation’s top-10 in points per game (22.5 ppg.)…Led Ivy League in both scoring and rebounding (9.6) and posted team-highs in assists, steals and blocks…Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection…Sixth player in program history to earn First Team All-Ivy League honors…Reached double figure scoring in all 27 games, including 21 20-point games and two 30-point games…Her 13 double-doubles topped all Ivy League players…Named Ivy League Player of the Week five times in 2016-17…Earned USBWA National Player of the Week honors…Became just the seventh Ivy League player to score more than 600 points in a season.