NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team closed out their home season in Uris Pool with a loss to Princeton, but strong swims from Columbia including two new pool records. Senior Hyun Lee broke his own record in the 100 butterfly, while the 400 medley team shattered a record that had stood for ten years.
Sophomore Jason Collazo opened the meet for Columbia with a strong performance in the 3m diving competition. Collazo, who took second on the boards, finished with 324.60 points, an NCAA cut score in the 3m. The next event was the men’s 400 medley relay. The team of junior Johnny Bailey, first-year Matthew Swallow, junior Bruno Esquen and senior Adam Powell set out to break the pool record, and that they did, shattering it by almost two seconds. The relay squad came in first overall in 3:21.96, breaking the old record of 3:23.45, which had been set in 2000.
Princeton would take the top spot in the 1000 free, but senior Hyun Lee would score more points for the Lions in the 200 free, as he won the event in1:40.28. Bailey added another win for Columbia in the 100 back, as he hit the wall in 51.90. Swallow also did well in the breaststroke events, as he took second in both the 100 and 200 for Columbia, taking second in the 100 in 58.33.
Just ten minutes after he won the 200 free, Lee added another title to his list, as he took the top spot in the 200 butterfly, winning by nearly four seconds in 1:49.38. Powell also had two wins to his name, as he finished his senior dual meet season with perfect records in both the 50 and 100 free. Powell won the 50 with ease, touching the wall in 20.23, and took the top spot in the 100 in 45.66.
Senior diver David Levkoff also had a highlight for the Lions in the 1m dive, as he took third with 304.65 points, an NCAA regional qualifying score. Princeton would take the 200 back and 200 breast, along with the 500 free, but when the Lions won, they won big. In the 100 fly, Lee won with ease, setting a new pool record along the way. Lee came in at 49.09, breaking his own record of 49.21, which he set in 2008. The Lions closed out the night with a win, as the squad of Lee, Daniel Tan, John Wright and Powell won the 200 free relay in 1:23.17.
With the dual meet loss, the Lions stand at 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the league, and have a chance to finish with a winning record in both, as the head to Dartmouth for the last dual meet of the year. Columbia will take on the Big Green in Hanover, N.H., Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
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