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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Men's Swimming and Diving Fall to Harvard, 206-92

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 12/10/2011
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The Columbia men's swimming and diving team suffered its second Ivy League loss of the season at home Saturday, to Ivy League-leading Harvard, 206-92.

The Lions began the meet with a strong showing in the 3m diving event. Junior Jason Collazo placed second with 333.75 points. First-year Micah Rembrandt followed in third with 329.25 points. Collazo led the Lions in the men's 1m diving event with another second place finish with 314.70 points.

The squad of first-year Omar Arafa, sophomore Matthew Swallow, senior Bruno Esquen, and junior John Wright led the Lions in the men's 200 yard medley relay to a second place finish with a time of 1:33.09. Arafa added a top finish for the Lions in the men's 100 yard backstroke, with a time of 50.20 to win the event.

First-year swimmers Jeremie DeZwirek and David Jakl both swam well for Columbia. DeZwirek took a first place finish in the men's 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:48.19. Jakl went on to take third in the event with a time of 1:51.04. Jakl also placed second in the men's 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.79.

The  Crimson were led by first-year Chuck Katis, who set three new Uris Pool records. Katis started by breaking an 18 year-old record in the men's 100 breaststroke, with a time of 55.18. The previous record was held by Leroy Kim of Princeton, set in 1993 at 56:42. Katis went on to claim pool records in the men's 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:00.76, and in the men's 200 individual medley with a time of 1:48.56.

The Lions are now 2-2 on the season and 1-2 in the Ivy League. The team will hit the road Sunday, January 15 for a matchup with the Bucknell Bison in Lewisburg, Pa. at 1 p.m.

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