Men's Swimming & Diving Falls to Navy, 179-121

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming & diving team fell to Navy Friday in Uris Pool, 179-121, despite an impressive effort by the Lions. Senior Hyun Lee set a new pool record in the 200 free.

Navy got off to an early lead as the Midshipmen won the diving, while sophomore Jason Collazo finished second for the Lions with 325.35 points. Columbia bounced back in the 200 medley relay, as the squad of Johnny Bailey, Matthew Swallow, Bruno Esquen and Adam Powell won in 1:31.81. Columbia would have many first place finishes in the meet, but as was the case with the 200 medley relay, Navy took second and third place, securing enough points to stay in the hunt.

Navy widened the lead with a sweep of the top three spots in the 1000 free, and took second and third in the 200 free to stay ahead. But Columbia had a bright spot in the 200 free, as senior Hyun Lee broke his own record in the event. In 2008, he went 1:38.56, but he bested that time today with a swim nearly a full second faster, 1:37.64. Bailey added another win for the Lions in the 100 back, as he hit the wall in 50.57, but Navy again took second and third to negate Bailey’s team points.

First-year Swallow was the top finisher for Columbia in the 100 breast, as he finished third in 58.94, while junior Bruno Esquen took third in the 200 fly in 1:53.56. Senior Powell added another win for the Lions in the 50 free, as he hit the wall in 20.24.

Columbia fared well in the men’s 1m diving competition, as Collazo took third with 291.15 points, sophomore Michaelangelo Borghi took fourth with 283.27 points, and senior David Levkoff took fifth with 271.95 points. Powell added another win to his pile in the next event, the 100 free, as he came in at 44.59. Navy swept the 200 back and 200 breast to seal the team win, but the Lions continued to rack up impressive performances. Senior Lee had back-to-back wins in the 500 free and 100 fly, with impressive times in both. In the 500 free, he won in 4:33.69, and then turned around, got right back in the water, and won the 100 fly in 49.81 seconds, a full two seconds ahead of the pack.

The Lions ended a night with a win, as Lee, Patrick Dougherty, Eric Traub and Powell won the 400 freestyle relay handily, coming in at 3:05.32, three seconds ahead of Navy’s top relay team. But Navy had the win for the night, beating the Lions 179-121. With the loss, Columbia now stands at 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Ivy League. Up next for the Lions is the last home meet of the year, as Columbia hosts Princeton, Friday, February 11 at 4 p.m.
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