NEW YORK – On Friday, Jan. 31, the Columbia men's swimming and diving team will step out of Ivy League play for the final time this season as they travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy at 2 p.m. The Lions are currently enjoying a three-meet win streak and improved to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference after a win over Brown last weekend.
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LAST TIME OUT
On Saturday, Jan. 25, Columbia captured its first road win of the season at Brown as they held off the Bears, 167-132. The Lions depth served well on Saturday with seven swimmers grabbing wins. Diver Micah Rembrandt put on a show taking both diving events to lead the Lions on the boards as well.
JAKL CAN FLY
David Jakl has emerged as a leader in the pool for the Lions this season, tallying 13 total wins including eight individual events and five relay events. The junior posted a win the 50 free at Brown last Saturday for his third victory in the event this season. The Montery Park, Calif., native has consistently dominated in the 100 butterfly this season with a top conference record in the event. His 100 fly victories include wins over Ivy League foes Penn, Yale, Harvard and a non-conference win at Bucknell.
NUMBERS ON THE BOARDS
Micah Rembrandt has continued to lead the diving core this season. Rembrandt pushed his total number of wins to eight this season after taking the 1-meter (311.70) and 3-meter (296.70) dive at Brown. The junior had a big day at Bucknell to wrap up the Lion’s non-conference slate by 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.
The Longmeadow, Mass., native holds wins in the 1-meter dive over Cornell, 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 Brown (20.52), Penn (20.82) and Cornell (20.79), Alex Ngan followed at Yale (20.77) and Philipp Gaissert 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 MIDSHIPMEN
Navy (4-4) will host Columbia for its second dual-meet this week on Saturday. Both teams have competed against two of the same opponents including Bucknell and Army. The Midshipmen split the pair with a loss at Bucknell and a win over Army, while the Lions are undefeated in non-conference play. Navy’s biggest win this season was a 157-143 home victory over Princeton earlier this month, earning them a top-25 ranking.