NEW YORK - The 2014 College Squash Association Individual Championships will kick off on Friday, Feb. 28 in Philadelphia with five Columbia student-athletes in the mix for the men’s bracket. Ramit Tandon and Rishi Tandon will compete in the Pool Trophy (A Division), while Mohamed AbdelMaksoud, Joshua Sekhar, and Danial Saleem compete in the Molloy Cup (B Division). The three-day championships will be held at Drexel and Penn through Sunday, March 2.
Ramit Tandon earned a spot in the Pool Trophy (A Division) for the third consecutive year. The junior will enter as the third seed boasting a 14-1 record this season. Tandon’s only loss came against Ali Farag of Harvard, who is seeded at No. 1.
First-year Rishi Tandon makes his first Pool Trophy appearance seeded at No. 19. Tandon put together a 10-5 record at the No. 2 position, and goes into the championships with wealth of tournament experience prior to his collegiate battles.
Junior AbdelMaksoud will compete in the Molloy Cup (B Division) for the second straight year along with fellow juniors Joshua Sekhar and Daniel Saleem. AbdelMaksoud compiled an 8-4 record at the No. 3 spot for the Lions, and is currently on a two-match winning streak with victories at the team national championships two weeks ago. He will enter this weekend with the sixth seed in the Molloy Cup.
Sekhar comes into the weekend with the 16th seed and a 10-2 record at the No. 4 and 3 positions. Saleem has moved around in the Lions’ line-up, playing at the No. 3, 4, 5 and 7 spots throughout the year. Holding a 7-8 record for the year, he enters the bracket at the 36th seed.
On the women's side, four athletes will represent Columbia in the Holleran Cup (B Division). First-years Colette Sultana and Grace van Arkel along with sophomores Leah Barnet and Catherine Jenkins will all compete in Philadelphia.
Sultana competed at the No. 1 spot for the Lions all year and with a 6-8 record she has the third seed for the Holleran Cup. Van Arkel took the 14th seed for the Holleran Cup behind an 8-7 record at the No. 2 spot this season.
Jenkins has moved around between the No. 4, 5, and 6 spots for the Lions and notched the most victories this season. With an 11-4 record, she goes into the weekend on a three-match winning streak and claimed the 16th seed.
Wrapping up the Lions roster for the tournament is Barnet at the 31st seed. Barnet has competed mainly at the No. 5 and 6 positions all year and boasts a 10-5 overall record this year, including wins in her last three matches.