Mens tennis continues its winning season, emerging from weekend matches with a 134 record overall.
The Lions defeated Dartmouths Big Green 52 at home on Friday afternoon. And despite an overall defeat by Harvard the next day, Columbia did hand the Crimson a very big upset in singles: Steve Millerman, a first-year from Brooklyn, beat Harvards James Blake, who was ranked third in the nation. Millerman won 64, 63.
Scott Watnik, CC99, also won his match in No. 3 singles.
At the Columbia Invitational, the Lions placed first in several events in the nonscoring track & field meet: the mens and womens teams won the 4x100 relays; Geoff Warren, a senior from Crofton, Md., won the 10,000 meters; junior Tom Kloos, of Oceanside, Calif., won the steeplechase; Amerigo Rossi, a junior from Santa Cruz, Calif., won the 1500 and 1800 meters, and junior Jon-Mychal Bowman, of Baltimore, Md., won the 110 meter high hurdles.
Paul Fernandes, the head baseball coach for the past 21 years, last week announced his resignation, effective at the end of this season. He will retain his position as associate director of athletics and will continue as a member of the NCAA Baseball Committee.
It is immensely gratifying to form a group of student-athletes into a team, and then see that team perform consistently well, and Im going to miss that, Fernandes said.
John A. Reeves, director of physical education and intercollegiate athletics, said, We are losing a wonderful coach who guided Columbia baseball with a great deal of success for 21 seasons. The good news, however, is that we are gaining the full-time services of one of our senior athletic administrators.
Fernandes has been at Columbia longer than any coach on staff, arriving in 1977. He is only the second baseball coach at Columbia with more than 300 career wins: prior to the current season, his record with the Lions was 3123842. Over the years, 12 of Fernandes players have gone on to play professionallytwo in the major leagues (Gene Larkin and Frank Seminara).