Elizabeth currently serves as Captain of the Columbia University Sailing Team, and previously served as Co-Captain and Alumni Chair. After learning to sail in Open Bics during summers as a child, Elizabeth began sailing competitively in High School, competing in the NW division of the Interscholastic Sailing Association. In addition to competing for CUST, she has worked as the Sailing School Director of the Vancouver Lake Sailing Club in Washington. She is studying English and Philosophy and is a Resident Advisor for Barnard, a yoga enthusiast, and honorary "Team Mom".
Lily grew up sailing on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. After sailing optimists, she started racing 420s for Minnetonka High School. She sailed competitively on the team for six years as both a skipper and a crew. In addition, Lily has spent two summers working at Lake Minnetonka Sailing School as a Learn to Race 420 coach. When she's not sailing, Lily enjoys alpine skiing, playing the drums and guitar, and spending time with family and friends. As a first year, she has also been elected to serve on the Barnard Committee on Instruction.
David is thrilled to be serving as the CUST Treasurer. He grew up sailing on Barnegat Bay, NJ. Being a member of the sailing team has been the highlight of David's Columbia experience so far. When he is not out on the water, David can be found studying history, and producing theater in and around NYC. Oh, and yes... He can believe it's not butter.
Isabel de la Torre
Isa started sailing at age 7 in Seattle before moving down to San Francisco. In SF she continued sailing, eventually moving into the racing scene. As a sophomore she joined her high school sailing team and was captain for the following two years. She still sails and races out of her home yacht club, St. Francis, and coaches over the summer at Treasure Island Sailing Center. Isa is majoring in Neuroscience and enjoys drawing, dancing, swimming and spending time with friends.
Pierre inherited his passion for sailing from his dad. He started sailing in his native region of Normandy, France when he was a child. First a dinghy skipper, he later moved on to keelboats and dreams of competing in the Mini-Transat.
Kyelee grew up as a military brat, spending seven years before Columbia stationed in Seoul, South Korea. An avid lover of both keeping fit and the outdoors, she started sailing fall of her sophomore year and quickly fell in love with the sport. She hopes to major in applied mathematics and enjoys reading, taking walks with Spotify, and finding new quotes to tack on her wall. Kyelee currently serves as the communications chair of the team.
Mateo Navarro Goldaraz
Mateo, known to the team as Pappas, started sailing when he was eight but drifted out of it during middle school. After graduating from high school, he thought back to the activities he had enjoyed most and soon restarted sailing. He is studying Materials Science and Chemical Engineering and enjoys playing soccer, ping pong, pool and debating anything that pops into his head.
Christina is currently the social chair of the Columbia Sailing Team and has been a member of the team for the past three years. Because she was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Christina grew up surrounded by water. She's an avid sailor, swimmer, and scuba diver--hobbies she's maintained since childhood. She's majoring in history and political science and has a career interest in foreign policy.
Travis Brock Kennedy
Travis is a second-year master's student in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia where he is completing a thesis on the tension between John Ruskin and Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. His research interests hinge on the built environment and the 19th-century intellectual tradition. Travis is a native of California, where he grew up in a family of avid sailors on the Central Coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He completed degrees at Le Cordon Bleu (‘07), the Pennsylvania State University (‘13), and Bard College (‘16) before coming to Columbia.
Grace Boya Shen
Grace is a first-year master’s student in American Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia. She is doing research in how the concepts of gender and race shaped the United States in the post Second World War era, and focusing on using outsiders’ perspectives to look into American society. Grace grew up in Beijing, China and came to America for her undergraduate education. She completed degrees in History and American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington (’16). She loves reading, traveling and fashion when not sailing.
I’m a first term Design and Development of Digital Games M.A. candidate at Columbia University Teachers College (Columbia’s school of education). I love tropical beaches and the ocean (and nature and water in general), and jumped at the chance to learn to sail at CU. I’m from Los Angeles and enjoy popping, house dancing, and movement in general.
Louisa studies Electrical Engineering at Columbia and has been sailing since she was young.
Haley grew up on Cape Cod and learned to sail at Namequoit Sailing Association. She later sailed on her high school’s varsity sailing team and eagerly emailed CUST during her senior year to find out how to join upon arriving at Barnard. Her undying enthusiasm for CUST led her to serve as communications chair and secretary. Outside of sailing, Haley is a licensed New York real estate agent, sister of Alpha Chi Omega, avid runner, and Bob’s Burgers enthusiast. At Barnard, Haley majors in economics and minors in mathematical sciences.
Adam previously served as Captain of CUST. Adam lives in Florida and grew up sailing on Cape Cod. He started sailing when he was eight and sailed for the 420 Race Team at Wianno Yacht Club before joining the Columbia University Sailing Team his freshman year. Adam is studying Economics-Mathematics and enjoys cinematography and poker when not sailing.
Lily started sailing in Optis at her home on St. Croix (USVI), and she still enjoys coaching sailing there during school breaks. She is majoring in economics with a minor in environmental science and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. When she's not sailing she enjoys yoga and ballet.
Daniel Young is an Art History enthusiast and a financial engineer. He joined Columbia Sailing Team in his sophomore year and sailing has been his favorite activity in his college life. Besides sailing, you may find him studying computational mathematics or talking about Die Neue Sachlichkeit (The New Objectivity) movement in post WWI Germany.
Antonia has spent every summer she can remember on the water in all kinds of sailboats. More recently, she coached the Optimist Race Team at her local Yacht Club in Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts. She previously sailed for the Georgetown Sailing Team before transferring to Columbia. She is studying Classics and enjoys Travel Blogging, Collaging and Crossfit when not sailing.
Nicole grew up on a sailboat with her family cruising up the east coast from Florida to Maine, then island hopping in the Bahamas. Upon coming ashore in NC, she sailed Optis, sunfish, lasers, FJ’s, and other dinghies. In high school she raced keelboats and taught at summer camps. She was Merchandise Chair during her first year on CUST. Nicole is a Russian studies major but plans to do little with this… her passion lies in philosophical thinking and sailing around the world with her kitten, Tiller. When not sailing, she is probably doing yoga or walking along the Hudson
Jenna is a current senior at Barnard studying Biology and Latin and has been a member of CUST for the past 3 years. She learned to sail a sunfish when she was 9 years old and has been sailing ever since. Jenna is a US Sailing certified instructor and has taught sailing at Cape Cod Sea Camps and the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia. When she’s not on the water, you can usually find Jenna in her lab or at the Columbia/Barnard Hillel.
Luke sailed FJs and 420s in high school and was the captain of his high school sailing team senior year. He is studying Mechanical Engineering and enjoys meeting the locals around Morningside Heights when not sailing.
Doga sailed Optimists for two weeks in middle school but did not continue. He was keen to continue when he arrived at Columbia because he remembered how fun it was. Now he loves sailing, especially escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Doga is studying Electrical Engineering and is also part of the Knickerbocker FSAE motorsports team and launches weather balloons with the Columbia Space Initiative. He works in a research lab designing an open-source ultrasound.
Alan Xi-Huang Zhang
Alan started sailing sunfish and 420s in middle school. He is planning on studying applied math and computer science and is researching networks of autonomous vehicles. When he is not sailing, he enjoys flying airplanes and debating.
I am currently a first year at Barnard College studying math and dance and a crew for the sailing team. I grew up sailing during the summer on Lake Michigan, but before coming to college, I had never sailed on a team or very seriously. I love sailing and this team and look forward to many more years of both!
Matt Lawhon is a first-year student in Columbia College. He grew up sailing Sunfishes and Hobie Cats during his summers on Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania. Matt did not sail in high school, and was excited to take his sailing more seriously at Columbia. Off the water, Matt can be found studying Math and playing guitar.
Morgan is afraid of the water, but still she joined sailing. She lives in New York City and can’t imagine moving elsewhere since she lives and breathes the NYC food scene. She learned to sail in Westport, CT with her sister. The latter is now a sailing instructor and Morgan is...still afraid of water. She's studying Political Science and Judaic Studies and says she wants to study law, but she’s not really sure about three more years of final exams. Morgan enjoys eating, taking photos of food, drawing on sneakers, and discussing potential solutions for peace in the middle east.