NEW YORK-The Columbia men's swimming and diving team will continue with Ivy League play Saturday, Dec. 10 as they host the league leading Harvard Crimson in Uris Pool at 2 p.m. Last season Columbia traveled to Harvard only to suffer a 196-102 defeat. However, the Lions may have gotten the best of this overall season matchup when they met again at the Ivy League Championships. The last event in the 2011 Ivy League Championships was the 400 freestyle relay. In order to win the meet the Crimson needed to finish first to take the title, however, Columbia captured the first place finish in the event.


For the fifth time in seven seasons the Lions traveled to the Big Al Invitational in Princeton, N.J.  Strong showings from first-year David Jakl, sophomore  Harry Stephenson and consistent relay squads, led the team to a second place finish out of ten teams, improving on last seasons third place finish.

In Day one at Big Al, Jakl led the Lions with a third place finish in the men's 500 freestyle with a time of 4:34.61. The squad of first-year Stanley Wong, first-year Daniel Gosek, sophomore Daniel Tan, and junior John Wright sparked the team with a third place finish in the men's 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.93.

The men's 200 freestyle relay squad of first-year Omar Arafa, sophomore Matthew Swallow, Jakl and junior Wright kicked of Day 2 with a third place finish with a time of 1:33.21. First-year Stephen Raynes and Stephenson both placed in the top ten of the men's 400. Raynes finished with a championship finals time of 4:02.78, and Stephenson placed seventh with a championship finals time of 4:06.62.

Columbia capped the Big Al Invitational in Day Three with Stephenson, who placed second in the men's 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:00.94.  Jakl also took a second place finish in the 'A final'of the men's 200-yard butterfly, posting a time of 1:50.02.


The Crimson at 2-0 enter the meet atop the Ivy League with wins over conference foes Dartmouth and Cornell. The team won 11 out of 16 events in routs of the Big Green and Big Red. Harvard returns first team All Ivy League selection junior Michael Stanton, three All Ivy League second team selections, and two  All Ivy League second team freestyle relay squads.


The Lions will head to Lewisburg, Pa. to face Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. to begin the 2012 calendar year.