Men's Swimming Sets Several PR's At ECAC Championships
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - On Sunday, March 2, the Columbia men’s swimming team capped a busy weekend of competition at the 2014 ECAC Championships. With a number of Columbia swimmers racing in the Ivy League Championships, another group of swimmers traveled to Navy’s Lejune Pool to put together some solid performances in meet that had 20 teams represented.
On day one, Sam Dunkle posted a personal-best time of 4:30.69 in the 500 freestyle with a fourth-place finish. John Santoro had a personal-best day in the 200 IM clocking in with a record time of 1:51.43 and senior Matthew Swallow had career-best day in the 50 freestyle with a fifth-place time of 20.95.
On the second day, Columbia had a dominating performance in the 400 IM. The Lions swept the event with finishers in 1-2-3-4. James Delgado led the way with a first-place NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 3:53.30. Santoro grabbed a runner-up finish at 3:57.90, Dunkle took third place at 3:58.49 and Ronald Chen finished fourth at 3:58.82.
On the final day, Dunkle posted a personal-best time of 15:37.61 for third place in the 1650 freestyle. Santaro had a record day in the 200 breaststroke with a fourth-place time of 2:01.41.The Lions compiled 396.5 points to finish the championships in fourth place overall.