NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team will enter a competitive weekend looking to improve on a 3-2 Ivy League record facing Princeton and Dartmouth. The Lions hit the road to face the league leading Tigers on Friday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.
Columbia will look to avenge last season's 125.5-174.5 defeat. Despite the loss, Columbia had some strong showings throughout the meet. In the 100 fly, Hyun Lee won the event setting a new pool record at 49.09, breaking his own record of 49.21, which he set in 2008. The Lions closed out that night with a win, as the squad of Lee, Daniel Tan, John Wright, and Adam Powell won the 200 free relay in 1:23.17.
The Lions will cap the weekend on Saturday, Feb. 11 taking on Ivy League opponent Dartmouth in their final home meet of the season. The matchup will mark the final meet at Uris Pool for Columbia seniors Chester Dols, Bruno Esquen, Robert Eyckmans, John-Howard Sidman, Alex Smith, and Kevin Zhai. The senior class will look to keep their win streak versus Dartmouth alive having never lost to the Big Green.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia enters the weekend coming off a 136-156 defeat by the Midshipmen of Navy. The loss ended a four meet winning streak by Columbia, standing at 6-3 overall on the season. First-years Omar Arafa and Micah Rembrandt showed well for the Lions, earning three first place finishes between them.
Micah Rembrandt was a bright spot for the Lions with a first place finish in the 1meter diving event tallying 307 points. Rembrandt followed with another first place win in the 3meter diving event with 278.30 points. Arafa would go on to capture a win in the 100meter backstroke with a time of 56.41 for the Lions.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton will enter the meet 10-0 following wins over Harvard and Yale in a double dual tri-meet. The Tigers stand a top the Ivy League at 5-0 following a 207-146 defeat of Harvard and a 285.5-67.5 victory over Yale.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth is still looking for their first win of the 2012 calendar year. At 2-5 overall on the season the Big Green's last win came in November with a defeat of Brown. The team's latest outing resulted in a 172-128 loss on the road to UConn.