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COLUMBIA ATHLETICS Highlights

1870
Columbia plays Rutgers in the second football game in the history of the sport.

1878
Columbia crew wins the famed Henley Royal Regatta in the first-ever defeat for an English crew rowing in English waters.

1900
Olympian and Columbia College student Maxey Long sets the first official world record in the 400 meters with a time of 47.8 seconds.

1906–07
Eddie Collins finishes his Columbia career as the Lions' second baseman and star quarterback. He goes on to greatness in the major leagues and charter membership in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1923
In his only varsity season in a Columbia baseball uniform, Lou Gehrig hits .403, blasts seven home runs for a season record, and strikes out a record 17 batters in a single game. By the end of the season, Columbia Lou is playing for the Yankees.

1929
Columbia wins the Poughkeepsie Regatta for the intercollegiate rowing championship—one of the classic moments in American rowing.

1934
Columbia defeats heavily favored Stanford 7-0 in the Rose Bowl, then the nation's only bowl game.

1947
In another historic upset, Columbia beats Army at sold-out Baker Field, dealing the vaunted Cadets their first loss since 1943.

1950–51
Men's basketball goes 21-0 in the regular season. The team's 32-game winning streak ends in the first round of the NCAA Championships.

1956–57
Chet Forte is named first team All-America and college basketball's national Player of the Year.

1961
Coached by Aldo "Buff" Donelli, Columbia wins Ivy League football title.

1968
Led by forward Jim McMillian, menís basketball wins Ivy League title and advances to the NCAA tournament.

1983
Men's soccer goes 18-0 and is ranked first in the nation. Losing to Indiana 1-0 in double overtime in the NCAA championship game, the team goes further toward the title than any Ivy League soccer team in history.
The creation of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium allows women from Columbia and Barnard to compete together on joint teams bearing the Columbia name.

1987–88
Columbia wins the NCAA men's fencing championship, as Bob Cottingham (sabre), Marc Kent (foil), and Jon Normile (épée) win NCAA titles in their weapons. All are named NCAA Fencers of the Year.

1996
Ray Tellier is elected the nation's Coach of the Year for Division 1-AA. Defensive end Marcellus Wiley makes third team All-America and is drafted by the Buffalo Bills, as Columbia football goes 8-2 in its best season in 53 years.

1997–98
Cristina Teuscher becomes the first Ivy League woman to win an NCAA swimming event when she captures the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley.

2001
Johnathan Reese finishes his football career with 3,321 yards rushing, the all-time Columbia record. He also holds records for yards rushing in a game (236 vs. Dartmouth in 2000) and in a season (1,330 in 2000).

2002
The women's cross-country team captures its first-ever Heptagonal Ivy League title, winning the meet by the largest margin in league history. The team goes on to win the Northeast Regional title.

2003
The men's lightweight crew team finishes second in the nation by just two seconds.
Three-time All-Ivy honoree, league Senior of the Year, and Sportsman of the Year Oscar Chow (2003) reaches the NCAA tennis quarterfinals as an unseeded player before falling to the tournament's number two seed.



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