NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team has proven to be one of the top academic programs in the country this fall being named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team for the 2012 fall semester.

To qualify for Scholar All-America Team accolades, a team must earn a 3.00 or above cumulative GPA for the evaluated semester. With a team GPA of 3.34, the Lions were among the top six of the 65 total teams to receive this honor.

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Columbia will open post dual-meet season competition this weekend as they travel to Cambridge, Mass. for the 2013 ECAC Swimming & Diving Championships. The three-day meet will be held at Harvard's Blodgett Pool and will begin on Friday, March 1 with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Both Friday and Saturday will begin with 10 a.m. preliminaries, and then conclude with finals sessions at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the preliminary heats will start at 9 a.m. and the finals will follow at 4 p.m.



Friday - March 1

500 Free
- Joe Buetler, Sam Dunkle, Tyler Mattingly
200 IM
-Patrick Dougherty, John Santoro, Ronald Chen, Mitchell Veith, Matthew Swallow 
50 Free
- Alex Ngan, Daniel Tan, Matthew Swallow
200 Free Relay
400 Medley Relay

Saturday - March 2

400 IM
- Ronald Chen, Sam Dunkle, Joe Beutler, John Santoro
100 Fly
- Andrew Wood, Mitchell Veith, Alex Ngan, Richard Fineman
200 Free
- Daniel Tan, John Santoro, Nathan Yueh, Patrick Dougherty, Richard Fineman
100 Breast
- Matthew Swallow, Andrew Wood, Mitchell Veith, John Santoro
100 Back
- Patrick Dougherty, Alex Ngan
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay

Sunday - March 3

200 Back
- Patrick Dougherty, Joe Beutler
100 Free
- Alex Ngan, Daniel Tan, Tyler Mattingly, Nathan Yueh, Patrick Dougherty, Joe Beutler 
200 Breast
- John Santoro, Andrew Wood, Matthew Swallow, Mitchell Veith, Ronald Chen
200 Fly
- Ronald Chen, Richard Fineman
400 Free Relay