NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team will look to make a big impact December 2 - 4 at the 2011 Big Al Open hosted by the Princeton Tigers. The Lions will travel to the DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J. to face five teams including Fordham, Rider, Villanova, and conference foes Princeton and Brown. The competition will begin the first two days with 11 a.m. preliminary sessions and 6 p.m. finals sessions. Sunday, December 5 will begin preliminaries at 10 a.m. and the finals session at 5 p.m.

Columbia finished with 644 points in the 2010 Big Al Open to place third out of eight teams. Last season's standout Adam Powell and the 400 free relay squad of Daniel Tan, John Wright, Eric Traub and Adam Powell sparked the Lions to a third place finish. Harry Stephenson led the standings for the Lions in 1650 free with fifth overall with a time of 16:05:04. In the 200 breaststroke Eric Traub would finish seventh overall in 2:09.63 and just behind him was Robert Eyckmans at eighth in 2:10.87.


Behind two wins in the 1000 and 500 free from sophomore Harry Stephenson, the Columbia Lions will be coming off of a 171-124 win over the Army Black Knights heading into Princeton, N.J. Jason Collazo won the 1m diving competition with a score of 292.43. Daniel Tan won the 100 free with a 46.81 time, while Patrick Dougherty took second at 47.43 and John Wright finished third at 47.52. The Lions will head into the Big Al Open at 2-1, 1-1 in the Ivy League.

Up next the Lions will host Harvard at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.