Menís Swimming & Diving Downs Brown 162-136 on Homecoming
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming & diving had a big win Saturday, as the Lions beat Brown 162-136 in Uris Pool on Saturday, breaking two pool records along the way. With the win, the Lions are now 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the Ivy League.

Columbia opened the meet with a 1-2-3 performance in the men’s 3m diving. Sophomore Jason Collazo led the charge, taking first place with 319.20 points, while classmate Michaelangelo Borghi took second (274.21 points) and senior David Levkoff took third place(246.31 points).

The Lions continued the winning into the first swimming event, the 200 medley relay. The squad of Johnny Bailey, Erik Mai, Bruno Esquen and Adam Powell won with a time of 1:32.17.

Sophomore Sean MacKenzie was next to win for the Lions, as he took first in the 1000 free, the first of his two top finishes. MacKenzie won easily in 9:39.51, two full seconds fastest than his nearest competitor. The sophomore also took the top spot in the 500 free, which he won easily with a time of 4:40.58.

In the 200 free, the Lions had another multiple winner in senior Hyun Lee. His first win, of two for the night, was the 200 free, which he took in 1:38.91.

Junior Johnny Bailey was next to take a top spot, as he won the 100 back in 51.63, while sophomore Patrick Dougherty took third place with a time of 52.03. The 100 breast proved to be the first event of the night that the Lions would not win, but it wouldn’t be long before that changed. Lee won his second event of the night in the next race, as he took the top spot in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.83.

Senior Adam Powell was also a dual winner for the Lions, as he won the 50 free in 20.11 seconds. He also had a win in the 100 free. In that event, Powell swam 44.09, breaking a record set by teammate Lee in 2008.

Collazo also notched his second win of the day in the men’s 1m dive, which he won with 288.68 points. Borghi took second again, scoring 282.90 points, while Levkoff took fourth with 270.23 points.

The Lions ended the night with yet another pool record, as the 400 free relay team of Lee, Daniel Tan, John Wright and Powell touched the wall in 3:01.05. They crushed the previous record of 3:02.86, which had been set in 2008 by a Cornell squad.

With the win, the Lions improve to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the Ivy League.  Up next, Columbia hosts former EISL rival Navy, in a dual meet slated for Friday, February 4 at 2 p.m.