NEW YORK - The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team fell to Ivy League rival Cornell Friday afternoon, 164-136, and now stand at 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League. Senior Adam Powell set a pool record in the loss.
The Big Red got off on the right foot, as a Cornell diver took the top spot in both the 1 and 3m diving competitions. But Columbia sophomore Jason Collazo kept the Lions in the game, as he finished second in both events.
Columbia opened the swimming portion of the meet with a win, as the 200 medley relay squad of Johnny Bailey, John-Howard Sidman, Bruno Esquen and Adam Powell won the event in 1:33.55. But Cornell took second and third place, shoring up more points for their already comfortable lead.
The next event, the 1000 free, saw Columbia Blue bounce back, as senior Hyun Lee took the top spot in 9:33.21, while sophomore Sean MacKenzie took third overall, with a time of 9:44.84. Lee had another win in the men’s 200 yard free, hitting the wall in 1:41.29. Columbia first-year Eric Traub also swam well, placing third with a time of 1:43.62.
The Lions also made up major ground in the 100 back, as junior Bailey and sophomore Patrick Dougherty went 1-2 in the event, coming in at 51.14 and 52.29 respectively. Cornell took the top two spots in the next two events, the 100 breast and the 200 butterfly, to keep a slight edge, but the Lions would continue to chip away at their lead.
In the 50 free, Powell remained undefeated, as he won easily, touching the wall in 20.73. Powell would also take the top spot in the 100 free, setting a new pool record in the process. Powell swam the 100 in 44.52, breaking the old pool record of 44.72, which had been set by Cornell standout Wes Newman in 2007. But in both sprint free events, Cornell placed second and third, keeping their point totally growing comfortably.
Sophomore Doughtery had another win for the Lions in the 200 back, as he took the top spot with a time of 1:53.88, while Lee made it three-for-three, winning the 500 free in 4:36.17. Cornell took the top spots in both the 100 fly and the 200 IM however, putting the meet out of reach for the Lions, despite a win in the final event of the night.
The men’s 400 free relay team of Lee, Daniel Tan, John Wright and Powell won the last event of the meet with a bang, as they came in at 3:05.29, nearly four full seconds ahead of Cornell’s top relay squad.
With the loss, the Lions are now 4-2 overall in dual meets, and 2-2 in the Ivy League. Up next for Columbia is the annual alumni weekend and homecoming meet. The Lions will host Brown, Saturday, January 29 at 4 p.m.