NEW YORK -The Columbia men’s swimming and diving team defeated Cornell 184.5-115.5 on Saturday, Jan. 18 in its annual Homecoming meet at Uris Pool. The Lions cruised to victory behind first-place finishes in 11 of 16 events to advance their record to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League.
Along with the homecoming celebration, Columbia alums and fans honored head coach Jim Bolster for 30 years of success and inspiration at the helm of the men’s swimming program.
The Lions have continued to strive under the leadership of Bolster and Saturday was no different. Columbia dominated all five freestyle events and posted 1-2-3 sweeps in three events, including the 1000 Free, 200 Free and 50 Free.
Senior Harry Stephenson grabbed a win in the 1000 Free with a top time of 9:34.80, while junior Dominik Koll took the victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.59. Junior David Jakl edged his teammates to win the 50 Free at 20.79 and went on to grab another victory in the 100 IM at 50.46. Philipp Gaissert hit the wall first in the 100 free at 46.81 and Nikita Bondarenko completed the freestyle sweep with a win in the 500 free, clocking in with a time of 4:39.51.
Columbia also took both butterfly events as Terry Li came in first in the 200 fly at 1:51.21 and Drew May clocked in with a top time of 50.71 in the 100 fly. On the boards, Micah Rembrandt added points in the 1m dive with an impressive first-place tally of 316.35.
The Columbia relay teams also swam strong with first-place finishes in the 400 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay. The 400 medley relay was won by an all junior squad of Michael Fox-Moles, Stanley Wong, Jakl and Alex Ngan, combining for a time of 3:22.27. The Lions capped the day in the 200 free relay with the quartet of Terry Li, Kevin Quinn, Matthew Swallow and Gaissert finishing with a winning time of 1:25.91
The Lions back in action next Saturday, Jan. 25 as they head to Brown for a 4 p.m. meet.