PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team returned today to Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center to compete in day two of the 2013 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. After a solid performance on the first day of action, the Lions headed into tonight's heats in third place. The preliminary heats began at 11 a.m. with five events including the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Six finals heats finished the day with a 6 p.m. start time.
A top time finish by Dominik Koll in the 200 freestyle highlighted Columbia's preliminary action this morning. Koll clocked in with a pool record NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:36.51 to take the top seed into the championship finals. The sophomore beat the previous record of 1:37.29 set by Brown's Tommy Glenn earlier this season.
Koll went on to claim second place in the 200 free championships with a program record time of 1:36.12. Senior John Wright gave the Lions two swimmers in the top three as he clocked in with a career-best time of 1:36.56 for third place.
After swimming a second place NCAA 'B' cut time of 47.46 in the 100 butterfly prelims, David Jakl also grabbed a runner-up finish in the finals heat. Jakl set a program record when hit the wall in a time of 46.96. The sophomore broke a 13 year long record time of 47.95 set by Gered Doherty in 2000. Philipp Gaissert also posted a second place finish in the 'B' finals of the 100 fly with tenth place overall time of 48.37.
Sophomore Omar Arafa began the day with a strong first place performance in the preliminary heat of the 100 backstroke. Arafa hit the wall in a pool record NCAA 'B' cut time of 47.98. He went to place fourth in the finals of the event with a time of 48.03.
Kevin Quinn made some noise early in the 400 IM with a third place prelims finish in a NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:51.05. Quinn clocked in at a school record time of 3:50.89 in the championship heat to claim fourth place overall. Stephen Raynes (3:53.81) and Harry Stephenson (3:54.02) also posted prelim NCAA 'B' cut times in the event.
The Lions capped the second day of action with a runner-up finish in the 800 freestyle relay. The quartet of Jakl, Wright, Gaissert and Koll combined for a school record NCAA 'B' cut time of 6:27.32. That finish gave the Lions a total of 756 points in the meet and maintain a solid third place hold. Harvard stands in second place with 949 points and Princeton has the lead with 972 points.
The final day of the championships will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. with preliminaries, and then conclude with finals sessions at 6 p.m. Click the link above to view the full schedule of event.