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Cristina Teuscher

Cristina Teuscher (Swimming.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Mar. 12, 1978.)  Seldom, if ever, has an individual overwhelmed her sport in a league as Columbia’s Cristina Teuscher dominated Ivy League women’s swimming.  Teuscher was unbeaten in over 40 collegiate dual meets and was 12-0 in four years in the league’s championship meet, setting records in five […]

Lou Rossini

Lou Rossini (Basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 24, 1921; died, Sewell, NJ, Oct. 21, 2005.)  A career that was later to become very international began with a local bang for Lucio A. Rossini.  Just before the 1950-51 season was to start for the Columbia varsity, coach Gordon Ridings suffered a heart attack and Rossini, […]

Gene Rossides

Gene Rossides (College football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 23, 1927.)  Owing to World War II manpower shortages, Eugene Telemachus Rossides was a starting back at Columbia as a freshman in 1945 and he took full advantage, piling up 1,062 all-purpose yards and leading the Lions to an 8-1 record and a No. 20 ranking in […]

Archie Roberts(Jr.)

Archie Roberts (College football.  Born, Holyoke, MA, Nov. 4, 1942.)  Son of the former N.Y.U. running back, Arthur James Roberts became not only a stellar quarterback but also probably the last three-sport letterman in Columbia history.  Roberts drew most of his public attention as the Lions quarterback (1962-64) during a career in which he set […]

Manny Rivero

Manny Rivero (College football.  Born, Havana, Cuba, Nov. 3, 1908; died, Rising Sun, MD, Aug. 18, 2001.)  A true pioneer among Latin athletes in major Eastern colleges, Manuel Rivero was a star running back at Columbia (1930-32) in the days of single-wing football.  Rivero, who was also an outstanding baseball player, came to New York […]

Elmer Ripley

Elmer Ripley (College basketball.  Born, Staten Island, NY, July 21, 1891; died, Staten Island, NY, Apr. 29, 1982.)  Despite never having played a single college game, Elmer Horton Ripley coached basketball at six colleges for a total of 28 seasons.  Ripley coached Wagner, Yale, Columbia, and Army as well as Notre Dame (1945-46) and Georgetown […]

John Reeves

John Reeves (College athletics.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 14, 1939.)  A successful soccer coach turned administrator, Dr. John A. Reeves became Columbia’s fifth full-time director of athletics in 1991, succeeding Al Paul (q.v.).  Reeves was the soccer coach at both Bloomfield College (1961-68) and Drew U. (1969-81) in New Jersey, compiling a 172-84-28 record.  […]

Bill Swiacki

Bill Swiacki (College football.  Born, Southbridge, MA, Oct. 2, 1925; died, Southbridge, MA, July 7, 1976.)  A starting end at Holy Cross before World War II, William Swiacki became an all-American at Columbia in 1947.  He led the Lions with 18 receptions for 392 yards and five touchdowns in 1946 and 31 for 517 yards and […]

Emil (Bus) Mosbacher

Emil (Bus) Mosbacher (Sailing. Born, Mount Vernon, NY, Apr. 1, 1922; died, Greenwich, CT, Aug. 13, 1997.) During the post-World War II era, Emil Mosbacher, Jr., was the pre-eminent yachtsman in the United States. It was a position he earned through diligent effort and dedication. His training started very early. At age five, Mosbacher was […]

Armond Hill

Armond Hill (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 31, 1953.)  An all-Ivy forward, Armond G. Hill co-captained Princeton’s 1975 N.I.T. champions as a junior.  Hill was an all-Ivy First Team pick each of his last two years with the Tigers and scored 1,057 career points in 70 games (1973-76).  He was the first-round draft choice […]

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