NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team split the opening weekend 1-1 following the season's first loss at Yale on Saturday, Nov. 10. Despite sophomores Omar Arafa and Dominik Koll both capturing two victories, the Lions were unable to take down the Bulldogs and suffered a 170-130 loss. Columbia posted their first win of the season on Friday with a defeat over Penn.
The Lions opened the swimming portion of the competition with a runner-up finish in the 200 free relay. The quartet of Arafa, Matthew Swallow, Alex Ngan and John Wright finished second in 1:32.83. Another second place finish followed in the 1000 freestyle with Harry Stephenson coming in at 9:27.68
The first individual win of the meet for Columbia came soon after in the 200 freestyle. Dominik Koll continued a sensational opening weekend winning the event at 1:39.84. The victory gave Koll his fourth consecutive individual victory in two meets, he grabbed three in the home win against Penn. Arafa joined Koll in this achievement posting a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.87.
Philipp Gaissert picked up his second straight win in the 50 freestyle event with a time of 20.97. The Lions dominated the one-meter diving event behind a first place finish by Micah Rembrandt with 303.00 points and Jason Collazo in a strong second place with 297.30.
Columbia captured a handful of runner-up finishes on the night. Matthew Swallow powered to a second place in the 100 breaststroke (58.18) and Kevin Quinn took second in the 200 butterfly (1:50.72). However, the Bulldogs won 11 of 16 events to hand the Lions their first loss on the season.
Lions ended the meet on a high-note winning the final event in the 400 free relay. The squad of Arafa, Gaissert, Alex Ngan, and Koll posted a time of 3:05.33 to cap the meet.
Up next Columbia will hit the road to face Harvard on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.