NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team had an outstanding first meet in 2011, as the Lions saw one relay team set a new school record, and an individual qualify for NCAAs, as the team defeated Bucknell, 137-104.
The last event of the night was a highlight for the Lions, as the 200 free relay squad of Hyun Lee, John Wright, Daniel Tan and Adam Powell set a new pool record in the event, coming in first with a time of 1:22.51.
The other highlight of the night was the performance of sophomore diver Jason Collazo, who qualified for the NCAA Diving Zones with his score of 300.06 in the 1-meter competition.
Even without those two highlights, the Lions had a strong meet against the Bison. The day opened with the 3m dive, which saw the men go 1-2-3, as Collazo won, sophomore Michaelangelo Borghi took second, and senior David Levkoff came in third. The Lions followed that up with a first place finish in the 400 medley relay, as Johnny Bailey, John-Howard Sidman, Lee and Powell took the top spot in 3:23.66.
Sophomore Sean MacKenzie added another win to the pile in the 1000 free, as he won that event with a time of 9:47.61, just ahead of first-year Harry Stephenson, who took second with a time of 9:49.58. Powell remained undefeated in the 50 free, as he took the top spot in that event, coming in with a time of 20.09 seconds.
The Bucknell men were able to stay in the meet with a few key wins in the later events, but Columbia regained control in the 500 free, when Lee took the top spot there, with a time of 4:36.37. First-year Daniel Tan also swam well, as he took second overall in 4:48.78.
Up next for the 4-1 Lions is Ivy League rival Cornell. Columbia will travel to Ithaca to take on the Big Red, Friday, January 21 at 4 p.m.