NEW YORK – On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Columbia men's swimming and diving team will return to action as they host Cornell for the Lions' annual Homecoming dual-meet in Uris Pool at 3 p.m. The Lions have improved to 3-2 overall and with a 1-2 record in the Ivy League, Columbia will look for its second conference win of the season facing 0-5 Cornell on Saturday.
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LAST TIME OUT
Columbia started 2014 collecting another non-conference win on the season at Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 4. The Lions took 11 of 16 events to defeat the Bison 172 -127 as they jump to a 3-2 overall dual-meet record.
JAKL CAN FLY
David Jakl has emerged as a leader in the pool for the Lions this season, tallying nine total wins including five individual events and four relay events. The Montery Park, Calif., native has continued his dominance in the 100 butterfly with a victory at Bucknell to remain unblemished in the event this season. His 100 fly victories also include wins over Ivy League foes Penn, Yale and Harvard. In the matchup against Army, Jakl added an impressive performance in the 100 back, taking the event in a career-best time of 51:09.
NUMBERS ON THE BOARDS
Micah Rembrandt has continued to lead the diving core this season. The junior had a big day at Bucknell grabbing victories in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Rembrandt tallied a total of 292.70 in the 1-meter dive and followed with a top score of 293.40 in the 3-meter dive. Rembrandt pushed his total number of wins this season to five following his dominance against the Bison.
The Longmeadow, Mass. Native, holds wins in the 1-meter dive over Yale (311.78) and Army (301.78), as well as the 3-meter dive against Army (295.20). He also posted some impressive runner-up performances against League-leading Harvard with a season-high 323.5 points in the 3-meter and 306.38 points in the 1-meter dives.
Through Ivy League play this season, Columbia has continued to show its depth in the 50 free event. Three different swimmers have captured wins as the Lions are unbeaten in the sprint. David Jakl took the victory at Penn (20.82), Alex Ngan followed at Yale (20.77) and Phillip Giassert hit the wall first against Harvard (20.90).
AN ARMY OF WINS
On Nov. 17, Columbia put together a 182.5-115.5 rout of Army behind a standout day in Uris Pool from the team’s young talent. Four Lion swimmers posted their first collegiate wins in the non-conference meet. Sophomore Ronald Chen picked up a victory in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.33, along with first-years Drew May in the 100 butterfly (50.94), Jack Foster in the 500 free (4:39.11) and Thomas Norman in the 200 back (1:52.03).
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is 2-5 overall this season and is still looking for its first conference win with a 0-5 record in the Ivy League. The Big Red snapped a five meet losing streak on last Saturday with a 158-111 win over Colgate. The Lions have won the last two meetings and will look to extend that streak this upcoming Saturday afternoon.