Men's Swimming & Diving Defeats Brown In Homecoming Meet
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars


NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team won its fourth consecutive dual-meet on Saturday, Jan. 25 as the Lions defeated Brown, 160 -133. Sophomore David Jakl set a new Uris pool record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.50 seconds and the team won 10 of 16 events for its second straight Ivy League win.

The first swimming event of the meet was the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Omar Arafa, Stanley Wong, Jakl and Daniel Gosek combined for a victory time of 1:31.58 in the event. In second, the squad of Michael Fox-Moles, Matthew Swallow, Alex Ngan and John Wright finished just a touch behind in 1:32.33.

In an exciting 1000 freestyle event that came down to the wire, Harry Stephenson hit the wall with an impressive runner-up finish time of 9:27.29. Christian Vivadelli placed third in the event with a time of 9:37.67, respectively. Columbia's second win of the day came in the 200 freestyle, as Dominik Koll hung on to take the victory in a time of 1:39.17.

Through the first five events, Columbia jumped out to an early 65-28 lead after sophomore Arafa took the 100 backstroke in 50.68. The Lions continued to roll as Stanley Wong won the 100 breaststroke in 57.42, Quinn won the 200 butterfly in 1:48.92 and Philipp Gaissert led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 50 freestyle, matching his personal best time of 20.66. Gosek finished .05 seconds behind in 20.71

On the boards, Columbia continued its Ivy League dominance, claiming both the three-meter and one-meter diving events. Jason Collazo had a big day with victories in both events with 308.33 points in the three-meter dive and 311.10 points in the one-meter dive.

Brown's Cory Mayfield showed well for the Bears, grabbing both the 1000 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. However, a pool record in the 100 butterfly by Columbia's David Jakl and a win by first-year Benjamin Xu in the 200 backstroke at 1:52.62 propelled the Lions to a 160-133 victory. Columbia improves to 5-2 overall on the season and 3-2 in the Ivy League.

The Lions capped an exciting day of swimming with an exhibition heat of the 800 freestyle relay. The quartet of Koll, Arafa, Vivadelli and Jakl broke the 27 year-old Uris pool record time of 6:47.38, clocking in at 6:45.46.

Up next, Columbia will return to Uris Pool on Friday, Feb. 1 to face the Naval Academy at 2 p.m.