NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team defeated Cornell 205.5-92.5 to get their second Ivy League win of the season. Columbia showed well in its homecoming victory with 14 first place finishes with two from newcomer Dominik Koll. The Lions improve to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in Ivy League play.
The squad of first-year Omar Arafa, first-year, Stanley Wong, senior Bruno Esquen, and junior John Wright set the tone for the Lions winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:32.55. The squad of first-year Michael Fox-Moles, junior Matthew Swallow, sophomore Kai Schultz, and first-year Alex Ngan took second place with a time of 1:33.28. Arafa also picked up a win in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 50.80.
The next event of the meet would go to sophomore Harry Stephenson who took first place in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:38.84 for the Lions. Columbia placed the top three spots of the event with first-year Stephen Raynes taking second place at 9:41.13 and senior Chester Dols taking third at 9:41.14.
In his first home meet as a Lion, Dominik Koll won his first event in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.48. Koll would add a first place finish in the 100 yard freestyle, with a time of 46.67 for a strong home debut.
First-year David Jakl posted a good showing by first winning the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:50.85. He followed his performance in the 200 yard backstroke with a first place finish with a time of 1:54.33.
The Lions added wins from Alex Ngan in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.99, sophomore Thomas Elling in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:09.05, and first-year Jeremie DeZwirek in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:39.31.
First-year Micah Rembrandt gained points for Columbia taking first place in the 1m divinig event tallying 292.80 points. Bruno Esquen and Chester Dols would cap the meet for the Lions with the final first place finishes of the day. Esquen took the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 50.53 and Dols took the 200 yard IM with a time of 1:56.54.
Columbia will hit the road to face Boston University and Brown in a double dual tri-meet Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m.