On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Lions will host its final home meet of the season against Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Columbia will honor its senior class on Sunday, including Philipp Gaissert, Harry Stephenson, Matthew Swallow, Eric Traub and Andrew Wood.
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LAST TIME OUT
On Friday, Jan. 31, Columbia traveled to Navy to wrap its dual-meet non-conference slate. Despite a 157-140 loss, David Jakl and Kevin Quinn posted solid performances, each grabbing a pair of individual wins on the afternoon.
Quinn captured his first win of the meet in the 200 fly. The junior swam slightly faster than teammate Jakl down the stretch to clock in with a first-place time of 1:48.00. Quinn went on to take the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.42, as he led the pace for runner-up Eric Traub at 1:55.21.
For the fifth time this season, Jakl posted another victory in the 100 fly. The California native hit the wall in a top-time of 49.50. Jakl added another victory for the Lions in the 100 free clocking in at 45.62.
JAKL CAN FLY
David Jakl has emerged as a leader in the pool for the Lions this season, tallying 15 total wins including 10 individual events and five relay events. The junior posted a win in the 50 free at Brown for his third victory in the event this season. The Montery Park, Calif., native has consistently dominated in the 100 butterfly this season with a top conference record in the event. His 100 fly victories include wins over Ivy League foes Penn, Yale, Harvard and a non-conference wins at Bucknell and Navy.
NUMBERS ON THE BOARDS
Micah Rembrandt has continued to lead the diving core this season. Rembrandt pushed his total number of wins to nine this season after taking 3-meter (340.50) at Navy and both the 1-meter (311.70) and 3-meter (296.70) dive at Brown. The junior had a big day at Bucknell to wrap up the Lion’s non-conference slate by grabbing victories in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Rembrandt tallied a total of 292.70 in the 1-meter dive and followed with a top score of 293.40 in the 3-meter dive.
The Longmeadow, Mass., native holds wins in the 1-meter dive over Cornell, Yale (311.78) and Army (301.78), as well as the 3-meter dive against Army (295.20). He also posted some impressive runner-up performances against League-leading Harvard with a season-high 323.5 points in the 3-meter and 306.38 points in the 1-meter dives.
Through Ivy League play this season, Columbia has continued to show its depth in the 50 free event. Three different swimmers have captured wins as the Lions are unbeaten in the sprint. David Jakl took the victory at Brown (20.52), Penn (20.82) and Cornell (20.79), Alex Ngan followed at Yale (20.77) and Phillip Giassert hit the wall first against Harvard (20.90).
AN ARMY OF WINS
On Nov. 17, Columbia put together a 182.5-115.5 rout of Army behind a standout day in Uris Pool from the team’s young talent. Four Lion swimmers posted their first collegiate wins in the non-conference meet. Sophomore Ronald Chen picked up a victory in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.33, along with first-years Drew May in the 100 butterfly (50.94), Jack Foster in the 500 free (4:39.11) and Thomas Norman in the 200 back (1:52.03).
Princeton (5-2, 5-1 Ivy League) will host Columbia for its final dual-meet of the season. The Lions will walk into senior day on Friday looking to upset the Tigers. Princeton is coming off its first conference loss last weekend to Harvard in its annual triple dual-meet with Yale.
The Big Green (6-5, 2-4 Ivy League) have won four of its last five dual-matchups, including a big weekend in the Dartmouth Invitational. The Big Green picked up wins over Boston College, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut College.