In the first day of the Big Al Invitational in Princeton, N.J., the Columbia men's swimming and diving team fared well, finishing the day in second place out of eight teams. The team total of 196 points, trails only Ivy League tournament host Princeton.
Following the 11 a.m. preliminaries, the finals of the day's events began at 6 p.m. in the championship style meet. Beginning the day with the Men's 200 freestyle relay, Columbia's squad of first-year Stanley Wong, first-year Daniel Gosek, sophomore Daniel Tan, and junior John Wright took third place. The team placed a time of 1:23.93 in the championship final. Also earning points for the lions was the team of first-year Alex Ngan, sophomore Philipp Gaissert, sophomore Kai Schultz, and junior Patrick Dougherty taking a seventh place overall finish.
First-year David Jakl led the lions in the Men's 500 freestyle placing third with a championship final time of 4:34.61. Placing 14th and 15th overall were first-year Chester Dols with a time of 4:44.87 and Harry Stephenson with a time of 4:45.6 who qualified for the B finals respectively.
In the men's 200 IM, the lions were led by sophomore Eric Traub who took a time of 1:53.1, placing him fifth overall. Qualifying in the B finals were first year Stephen Raynes who placed 14th overall with a time of 1:56.93. First-year Jeremie DeZwirek with a time of 1:57.24, placed 15th overall, earning points for the Lions.
Columbia would finish the swimming sessions of the day with the 400 medley relay. The squad of first-year, Omar Arafa, sophomore Matt Swallow, Jakl, and Wright placed fourth overall with a time of 3:23.85. The squad of DeZwirek, Traub, Schultz, and Tan earned points placing sixth overall with a time of 3:28.18.
Junior Jason Collazo added points from diving for the Lions as well. Collazo took seventh overall place in the 1m competition with 266.70 points in the championship final.
Day two of the Big Al invitational will resume Saturday with preliminaries in the morning at 11a.m.