NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team will head to Princeton, N.J. from Thursday, March 1 - Saturday, March 3 to compete in the 2012 Ivy League Championships meet. The Lions look to capture their first Ivy League title since 1989 at the familiar Denunzio Pool.
Following a 174-123 win over Dartmouth, Columbia finished the regular season at 7-4, 4-3 Ivy League. First-year David Jakl has swam well this season picking up five wins against four Ivy League teams. Jakl paces the Lions with three top ten Ivy League times. He stands seventh in both the 100 fly and 200 fly with times of 49.65 and 1:49.88. A time of 1:51.04 also places him ninth in the 200 backstroke. First-year Jeremie DeZwirek, who stands sixth with a time of 1:49.19, joins him in the event.
First-year Dominik Koll came on in the second half of the regular season to add to the depth of the Lions. Koll has captured four first place finishes in six meets this season. Koll's meet times continues to improve with every outing, making him one of the most exciting swimmers to watch heading into the Ivy League Championships. A 1:39.66 finish in a victory over Brown places Koll in the top eight Ivy League times in the 200 freestyle.
With three Lions holding top ten times of the 50 freestyle, Columbia has the depth to fare well in this event. First-year Stanley Wong leads the pack with a fourth place time of 20.61. First-Year Daniel Gosek follows in seventh at 20.75 and first-year Alex Ngan takes tenth at 20.83. First-year Omar Arafa also adds to the strong showing of the young class in the meet standing fifth in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 50.20.
The 2012 Ivy League Championship meet will begin Thursday, March 1 with preliminaries at 11 a.m. Day one will conclude with a six-event finals session at 6 p.m. that include the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, and the 400 medley relay.