NEW YORK – Led by a record-setting day by diver Jonathan, the Columbia men’s swimming and diving team capped their dual-meet season with a 162-134 victory over Dartmouth on senior day in Uris pool on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Lions finished the dual-meet season 8-2 overall and 4-2 Ivy League for third place in the conference standings.
Today the Lions also honored and recognized the class of 2018 who swam their last meet at Uris Pool, including Kevin Frifeldt, Joseph Lozano, Jace Ng, Jayden Pantel, Jae Park, Zach Thomas and Michal Zyla. This senior class is the first in program history with eight dual-meet wins in a least three seasons.
“Today we celebrate and thank our seniors, the Class of 2018. It is hard to come up with enough superlatives to accurately describe what this class has meant to Columbia Swimming and Diving, “said Head Coach Jim Bolster.
“ Their legacy of hard work, cohesiveness and winning has been matched by few if any other class in the history of our program. We thank and congratulate them for a wonderful four years!”
For the fourth time this season, first-year Jonathan Suckow set a new program record in the three-meter dive behind a winning score 437.25. Suckow bested his previous record of 430.35 set in November and the Uris Pool record of 425.85. He swept the boards with an impressive first-place tally of 381.16 in the 1M dive to finish the year unbeaten In Ivy League dual-meet action for a combined 12-0 record.
Four-time Ivy League diving champion Jayden Pantel took the boards for the final time in Uris Pool on Saturday. Pantel capped a phenomenal career at Uris Pool, behind an amazing combined record of 29 – 11, with runner-up finishes in both the 3M dive (387.60) and 1M dive (381.16).
Today's victory by the Columbia diving core marks its fourth-consecutive unbeaten dual-meet season in Ivy League play with a 1M & 3M dive record of 48-0.
The 200 medley relay squad of Joseph Skimmons, Erek Cox, Kevin Dang and Mark Gullick combined for a winning time of 1:32.65 to start the day for the Lions. Edward Smith grabbed a long distance win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:42.60, followed a 1-2 punch in the 100 backstroke by seniors Zach Thomas (52.14) and Kevin Frifeldt (53.31).
Joseph Lozano (57.47) finished ahead of teammate Jack Smith (58.34) for the 100 breaststroke crown and also claimed the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:04.75 edging Joe Skimmons (2:07.03. Kevin Dang won the fastest events of the day with a time of 21.40 in the 50 freestyle and 46.75 in the 100 freestyle.
Jae Park clocked in with a top time of 1:48.30 in the 200 backstroke, followed by Erek Cox in 1:54.07. Setting a pool record in the 100 fly was senior Kevin Frifeldt who cloked in with a time of 47.56, besting the previous record of 48.08 set by David Jakl '15CC in 2015.
The Lions capped the meet with 200 freestyle relay squad of Albert Gwo, Mark Gullick, Kevin Dang and Kevin Frifeldt combining for a first-place time of 1:22.47.
Up next, the Lions will gear for the Ivy League Championships set for Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Saturday, Feb. 24 in Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool.