NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team is finishing up the dual meet season this weekend, as the Lions will host Princeton, Friday, February 11 at 4 p.m., before hitting the road Saturday to take on Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., Saturday, February 12 at 2 p.m. The two meets mark the end of the dual meet season, as the Lions will gear up for Ivy League Championships in March. 

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton is coming off of a tough stretch for the Tigers. Two weeks ago, they suffered a 189-164 loss to Harvard at the annual H-Y-P meet, and then last weekend, Navy handed Princeton its first loss in their home pool in more than two decades. The Tigers are still an impressive 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League, and will be a tough meet for the Lions.  Last year, Princeton beat the Lions 174-117 in New Jersey. 

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth has struggled this season, standing at 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the Ivy League. The Big Green’s lone Ancient Eight win came in a thriller over Brown, as Dartmouth won, 151-149. 

Columbia holds the advantage in recent years, as the Lions won in 2010, 156-144, and more decisively in 2009, 182-177.

Saying Goodbye to the Seniors 
Friday’s meet in Uris Pool will be the last one there for the Class of 2011. Columbia will celebrate the senior class of Josh Brown, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Hyun Lee, David Levkoff, Nathan Mormann and Adam Powell during the meet. 

Last Time Out 
Columbia is coming off of a tough meet against Navy, that saw the Lions lose 179-121, but still register several strong swims. Senior Hyun Lee broke his own pool record in the 200 free, while Powell swept both the 50 and 100 free events.

Up Next 
After the end of the dual meet season this weekend, Columbia begins to taper and prepare for championship season. First up for the Lions are the ECAC championships, which will take place in Pittsburgh, February 25-27. Then, Columbia heads north to Cambridge, Mass., for the 2011 Ivy League Championships; those will take place at Harvard, Thursday, March 3 to Saturday, March 5.