NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team lost its first meet of the 2012 calendar in a 156-136 defeat by the Midshipmen of Navy. The loss ends a four meet winning streak by Columbia which currently has a 6-3 overall record on the season. First-years Omar Arafa and Micah Rembrandt sawm well for the Lions, earning three first place finishes between them.
Arafa helped take a second place finish in the 200 medley relay along with the squad of first-year Stanley Wong, senior Bruno Esquen, and junior John Wright, with a time of 1:44.56. Arafa would go on to capture a win in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 56.41
First-year Alex Ngan added another victory for the Lions with a win in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 23.59. First-year David Jakl had a solid showing in the 200 butterfly with a second place finish at 2:02.57. Esquen followed in third with a time of 2:04.39. Jakl's strongest swim of the day came in the 100 butterfly where he took a first place finish with a time of 55.98.
Micah Rembrandt aided the Lions with a first place finish in the 1 meter diving event tallying 307 points. Rembrandt followed with another first place win in the 3 meter diving event with 278.30 points. Junior Jason Collazo also placed second in the event with 277.80 points.
Columbia will look to bounce back as the Lions travel to Ivy League opponent Princeton on Friday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.