NEW YORK - The 1-1 Columbia men’s swimming and diving team hits the road this weekend for another pair of dual meets in two days. On Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m., the Lions begin with their third consecutive Ivy League matchup at Harvard. After the trip to the Crimson, the team will travel to West Point, N.Y. to face Army at 5 p.m on Saturday, November 17.
Last Time Out
The Lions split the opening weekend defeating Penn on Friday, Nov. 9 before falling to Yale Saturday, Nov. 10. In the 182.5-115.5 home opener win against Penn, the Lions were led by strong performances from Micah Rembrandt, newcomer Kevin Quinn, and Dominik Koll, each capturing wins in two individual events.
Rembrandt captured wins in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Koll received his first win the 200 freestyle (1:41.17) and second in the 500 freestyle (4:38.61). Newcomer Quinn won his first his race here at Columbia in the 200 fly (1:49.43) and followed with another win in the 200 backstroke (1:50.67).
In the first road dual meet of the season, the Lions were unable to take down the Bulldogs and suffered a 170-130 loss. Sophomores Omar Arafa posted a victory in the 100 backstroke (50.87) and joined Koll, Philipp Gaissert, and Alex Ngan in taking the 400 freestyle relay (3:05.33). For the second consecutive meet, Koll and Gaissert captured individual wins with strong performances to start the season. Koll won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.84. After the winning the 50 free (20.93) in the win over Penn, Gaissert once again placed first in the 50 free at the Yale meet.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard has jumped out to a 2-0 to start to begin the season. The team picked up a pair of wins over Cornell and Dartmouth, 207-93, on the road in Ithaca, N.Y. in their season opening tri-meet. A dominating performance saw the Crimson win 13 of 16 events. Columbia will look for the upset in the home opener at Blodgett Pool.
Scouting the Knights
Army welcomes Columbia to Crandall pool posting a 5-0 record. The team's last meet was a 164.5-135.5 victory over Buffalo, giving them their fourth home win on the season. The Lions have won the last three meetings against the Knights including last year's 171-124 win at Uris Pool.