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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Mark Cisco, Salena Huang are January Student-Athletes of the Month

NEW YORK - After superb starts to the year, Columbia junior center Mark Cisco and first-year swimmer Salena Huang are the student-athletes of the month for January.

Cisco averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in seven games during the month of January, taking home Ivy League Player of the Week honors after his 18-point, 20-rebound performance in a win over Cornell on January 21.

In that game, his 18 points matched a career high, set earlier in January in a Columbia win at Elon. The 20 rebounds are a new Levien Gymnasium record, breaking the old mark of 19 set nearly 35 years ago. The 6-9 center finished the month of January by recording three straight double-doubles, including 10 points and 11 rebounds at Cornell on January 28.

Cisco scored in double figures in five straight games to end the month, shooting 67.4 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. Cisco currently leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage, is second in offensive rebounds and fifth in total rebounds.

Huang had a sensational month for the Columbia women's swimming and diving team. Her five first-place victories in three meets helped lift the Lions to a 6-1 record at the end of January.

Huang took first in the 1650 yard freestyle with a time of 17:18.02 in the first meet of the 2012 calendar year against Wagner. Huang also was part of a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay. In Columbia's Homecoming meet vs. Cornell, Huang swam with the 400 medley relay squad of senior Dorothy Baker, junior Katie Meili, junior Kristina Parsons to set a Uris Pool record winning time of 3:50.23.

The California native continued to excel in a tri-meet vs. Brown and Boston University, winning the first event of the day for the Lions in a time of 1:51.12 in the 200 yard freestyle. Huang added another win in the 400 yard freestyle relay, teaming with Baker, Meili, and sophomore Laney Kluge in a time of 3:30.19.

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