NEW YORK - The Columbia men's squash team opened recently at the Ivy League scrimmages as a tuneup for its season opener on Saturday December 3 against Cornell and St. Lawrence.

Although Columbia lost all three of its matches to Dartmouth, Yale and Brown, head coach Jacques Swanepoel took away a number of positives from the outing.

"We were pleasantly surprised with how good first-year Ramit Tandon was," Swanepoel, the Squash Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Squash said. "He went through Ivy scrimmages without dropping a game at the number-one position, beating the number ones from Yale and Dartmouth in straight sets, both of whom were All-Americans last year."

Last season, Columbia finished 13-5 overall in its first season as a varsity team. The Lions won the consolation bracket of the Summers Cup and were named the Most Improved Team at the National Team Championships.

"Ivy scrimmages went well overall," Swanepoel stated. "We competed very well in areas even though we were missing Graham Miao from our lineup due to injury. All in all, I think we are looking very good."