NEW YORK – In the final dual home meet of the 2013 calendar year, the Columbia men’s swimming and diving team hosted a tough Ivy League foe in Harvard on Friday, Nov. 22. The Crimson won 10 of 16 events and set three Uris Pool records to defeat the Lions 170-130.
Harvard hit the pool with a fast start and took the opening three events, highlighted by a Uris Pool record performance in the 400 medley relay. The Crimson quartet of Manchester, Ronda, Luna and Satterthwaite narrowly beat the Columbia ‘A’ squad by .04 seconds to win with a time of 3:20.41, beating the previous pool record time of 3:21.96 set in 2011.
First-year Terry Li gave the Lions its first win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.68 to spark a momentum change in Uris Natatorium. Sophomore Codi Saunders followed with the next victory in the 100 breast, hitting the wall at 57.25, and Kevin Quinn kept the wave flowing with a first-place finish in the 200 fly at 1:48.28.
After trailing early by as many as 21 points, Columbia trimmed the deficit to just six points behind a victory in the 50 freestyle by Philipp Gaissert who finished with a top time of 20.90. With the score at 78-72 midway through the meet, the Lions were closing in on the Harvard opening jump.
The Crimson surged in the second half winning six of the last eight events to take control of the meet. Harvard’s Jack Manchester added another Uris Pool record on the day in the 200 backstroke, clocking in with a time of 1:47.93. The first-year beat the previous record time of 1:48.23 held by Columbia’s David Jakl.
Jakl went on to set a Uris Pool record of his own in the 100 fly. With a time of 48.41, the junior remains unbeaten in the event through Ivy League dual meet competition. On his 20th birthday, Jakl beat the previous record of 48.50 set by the west coast swimmer last season.
Ronald Chen added an impressive win the 400 IM for the Lions. In the final stroke, Chen broke away from Harvard’s Christian Yeager in the closing 100 yards to hit the wall with a first-place time of 4:01.72.
Harvard concluded the meet with a pool record in the 200 free relay. The foursome of Schumacher, Crigler, Lee and Satterthwaite combined for a new record time of 1:21.38. The Lions drop to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League following tonight’s contest. Columbia will return to action on Friday, Dec. 6 to compete in the Princeton Invitational.