Cambridge, Mass. - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team received strong performances from their sophomore class but it wasn't enough to take down Harvard as Columbia lost 192-108 on Friday, November 16. The Crimson won 13 of 16 events to hand the Lions their second defeat of the season, posting a 1-2 record to start the season.
For the third consecutive meet sophomore Omar Arafa powered his way to a victory in the 100 backstroke. Hitting the wall at 51.04, Arafa edged Harvard's Jack Pretto by .03 seconds to get the win in Blodgett Pool. Sophomore Kevin Quinn had a solid showing capturing a win in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.72. The Lions placed the top three finishers in the event with first-year Benjamin Xu taking second at 1:53.02 and sophomore David Jakl in third with a time of 1:53.89.
Jakl went on to capture a win in the 100 fly for the Lions at 50.22. Just .16 seconds behind was Quinn in second place with a time of 50.38. Quinn grabbed a pair of runner-up finishes with his finish in the 200 fly at 1:50.06. Junior Philipp Gaissert placed second in the 50 free (20.92), junior Eric Traub came in second in the 200 breast (2:07.21), and senior Jason Collazo finished second in the one-meter diving event at 305.03 to earn points for Columbia.
The quartet of Arafa, junior Matthew Swallow, sophomore Alex Ngan, and senior John Wright posted a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay with a combined time of 1:33.71. Also taking second, was the squad of sophomore Stanley Wong, Arafa, Gaissert, and sophomore Daniel Gosek in the 200 free relay at 1:24.98.
Up next the Lions will head to West Point, N.Y. to face Army on Saturday, November 17 at 5 p.m.