PRINCETON, N.J. – After guiding the Columbia lightweight rowing program to its first gold medals at EARC Sprints since 2000, head coach Nich Lee Parker was unanimously selected Ivy League Coach of the Year.

The Lions were victorious in both the varsity and second varsity eights and all four crews qualified for the grand finals to give Columbia the Jope Cup as the overall winners at Eastern Sprints for the first time in school history. Additionally, with the win in the varsity eight, the Lions earned Ivy League Championship status.

During the regular season, Columbia lost just once and swept its cup races for the first time since 2003 in the varsity eight. The Lions were ranked No. 1 in the USRowing.com Coaches Poll twice and will enter the IRA National Championships as the top-seeded varsity crew. In the second varsity eight, Columbia posted an undefeated mark throughout the spring, showing off the team’s depth.

This is the first Ivy League Coach of the Year honor for Lee Parker. After guiding the Lions to the varsity eight and overall IRA National Championship in 2016, he was chosen US Rowing Collegiate Lightweight Coach of the Year, US Rowing Fan's Choice Coach of the Year, as well as the University Coach of the Year award from The Joy of Sculling. 

Additionally, the eight members of the lightweight varsity eight were officially named first team All-Ivy League by the conference office this afternoon. The All-Ivy teams are determined by the finishes in the heavyweight and lightweight varsity eight grand finals at EARC Sprints. Rowers in the first Ivy League boat to cross the finish line are named first team.

First Team All-Ivy League
Coxswain: Bella Zionts
Stroke: Alexandros Zisimidis
7: Maxwell Amsterdam
6: Ben Landis
5: Torrance Smith
4: Gavin Southerland
3: Sebastian Krappe
2: Jenson Carlgren
Bow: Levi Beckett

The Lions’ will return to the water from June 1-3 at the IRA National Championships on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey.