NEW YORK - Columbia head archery coach Derek Davis has announced a pair of archers who will join the Lions for the 2010-11 archery season.  Sara Lavenhar and Marilyn He both bring a wealth of experience in the recurve bow.

"I'm very pleased with the incoming class," said Davis.  "Both Marilyn and Sara will help continue the depth this team has enjoyed in recent years. With their strong work ethic and positive attitudes, I have no doubt they will make great contributions to Columbia Archery."

Lavenhar took top honors at the Indoor Pennsylvania State Championships as a freshman, and placed fourth overall as a senior.  Also as a senior, the Vienna, Va., native won gold at the Indoor Mid-Atlantics hosted by the National Field Archery Association.  She was her class valedictorian, recipient of an AP Scholar Award, and received a National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation.

Fellow classmate He brings an equally impressive resume with her to Morningside Heights.  The Paoli, Pa., native placed 25th overall at the U.S. National Indoor Championships as both a junior and senior.  She won the Lancaster JOAD Star FITA tournament in 2010 and was a runner-up at the Mid-Atlantic Championships in 2009.  He was a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and a two-time National AP Scholar.

The two new Lions will add to the rich history of recurve success at Columbia.  The Lions' recurve team has finished in the top-two at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC) in each of the last four years, including a national title in 2008.