NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming team took part in the ECAC Championships this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa., where they finished fifth overall out of 22 teams, scoring 308.5 points.

On the first day of the championships, Columbia had two relays and one individual in championship heats. The 200 free relay team of Richard Falk-Wallace, William Falk-Wallace, Nathaniel Mormann and Nathan Yueh came in seventh overall in 1:25.59, while junior Shane Tutass had one of the top finishes for the Lions, as he qualified for the championship heat of the 500 free, and finished fifth overall in 4:36.51.  And the men’s 400 medley relay had the highest finish of the day, as Mormann, Andrew Wood, Karl Mayer and William Falk-Wallace finished third overall in 3:25.27.

Columbia also  earned points from first-year Thomas Elling, as he was the second finisher in the consolation heat of the 200 IM, coming in tenth overall in 1:%3.98. And both of the Falk-Wallace brothers earned valuable points for the Lions, as they qualified for the consolation final of the 50, with Richard coming in tied for 13th overall in 21.43, and William coming in right behind him in 15th, with a time of 21.47. 

Saturday’s action saw a flurry of Lions perform well, with seven individuals and two relays in championship finals. The 200 medley relay team led off the night with a sixth place finish, as Mormann, Wood, Mayer and Richard Falk-Wallace hit the wall in 1:34.46. The 400 IM saw two Lions qualify for championships, as first-year Elling and Taylor Seidel came in sixth and seventh, respectively. Elling came in at 4:02.56, while Seidel hit the wall in 4:02.65. Another event with two Lions in the championship heat was the 100 butterfly,. Senior Josh Brown finished sixth overall (50.39), while Mayer came in eighth in 51.08. The 100 breaststroke was another event with two Columbia swimmers in the championship. Wood came in sixth overall (56.98), while Brown finished eighth in 58.33. Elling was in the consolation final, and earned points for Columbia with his 12th place finish, with a time of 58.29. 

In the 200 free, first-year Nathan Yueh qualified for championship final, and finished seventh overall in 1:42.33. Junior Tutass was in the consolation finals, coming in 13th overall in 1:43.45. In the 100 back, both Mormann and Mayer qualified for consolation finals, as Mormann finished 13th overall in 52.56, while Mayer came in 15th in 52.86. Saturday ended with a sixth place finish in the 800 free relay, as Tutass, Seidel, Elling and Yueh came in at 6:55.55

In the final day of action, Columbia scored enough points to take fifth place overall. In the 200 back, Seidel came in 10th overall, with a time of 1:52.65, while Wood qualified for the championship final of the 200 breast. He came in fourth overall, one of the highest finishes for Columbia, with a time of 2:02.88. And junior Tutass was once again a major point scorer, as he took fourth place overall in the 200 butterfly. Tutass hit the wall in 1:50.52. Columbia also went 1-2-3 in the consolation final, as Brown (1:52.90), Mayer (1:53.57) and Seidel (1:54.34) finished ninth, tenth and 11th overall. 

The Lions finished as the top Ivy League team in the standings, and fifth overall. Columbia ended the weekend with 308.50 points.

Up next for Columbia men’s swimming & diving is the 2011 Ivy League Championships, which will take place in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, March 3, to Saturday, March 5.