NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team is heading north to take on Ivy League rival Cornell Friday, in a dual meet slated to begin at 4 p.m.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell is 5-2 overall, and 3-2 in the Ivy League. The Big Red have suffered losses to league-leading Harvard and Dartmouth, while beating Penn, Yale and Dartmouth. This is going to be a tough meet for both teams, as the squads are closely matched.
In 2010, the two teams battled right to the end, as Cornell won the last five individual events to close Columbia’s lead, and won the final relay, taking the meet by a hair, 152-148. The Big Red has won the dual meet match up each of the last five years.
Leading the Lions
Columbia has one of its deepest and most successful teams in recent history. Senior Adam Powell has yet to lose in the 50 or 100 free, and just last week, he was a part of another record-setting relay, as he, Hyun Lee, John Wright and Daniel Tan set a new pool record in the 200 free relay. Lee is a welcome addition to the Lion roster, as he’s returned to the squad after a two-year absence for military service. Also swimming well for the Lions: sophomore Sean MacKenzie and first-year Tan in the distance events, first-year Harry Stephenson in the IMs, and first-year Philipp Gaissert in the butterfly. The Lions may also get a chunk of points from the divers, as sophomore diver Jason Collazo recently qualified for NCAAs, and sophomore Michaelangelo Borghi and senior David Levkoff improve with every meet.
Last Time Out
Columbia is coming off of a dual meet win over Bucknell, in their first meet back from the team’s Puerto Rico training trip. The Lions beat Bucknell with ease, improving to 4-2 overall.
The Lions will return to Uris Pool for the annual alumni weekend and homecoming meet in the last weekend in January. Columbia will face off against Brown, Saturday, January 29 at 4 p.m.