NEW YORK – With two straight wins since the winter break, the Columbia men’s swimming and diving team will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday, Jan. 25 on the road at Brown at 4 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia defeated Cornell 184.5-115.5 on Saturday, Jan. 18 in its annual Homecoming meet at Uris Pool. The Lions cruised to victory behind first-place finishes in 11 of 16 events to advance their record to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League.
Along with the Homecoming celebration, Columbia alumni and fans honored head coach Jim Bolster for 30 years of success and inspiration at the helm of the men’s swimming program.
JAKL CAN FLY
David Jakl has emerged as a leader in the pool for the Lions this season, tallying 12 total wins including seven individual events and five relay events. The junior posted a pair of wins last Saturday against Cornell in the 50 free and the 100 IM for the Lions. The Montery Park, Calif., native has consistently dominated in the 100 butterfly this season with an unblemished record in the event. His 100 fly victories also include wins over Ivy League foes Penn, Yale, Harvard and a non-conference win at Bucknell.
NUMBERS ON THE BOARDS
Micah Rembrandt has continued to lead the diving core this season. Rembrandt pushed his total number of wins to six this season after taking the 1-meter dive against Cornell. The junior had a big day at Bucknell to wrap up the Lion’s non-conference slate by grabbing victories in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Rembrandt tallied a total of 292.70 in the 1-meter dive and followed with a top score of 293.40 in the 3-meter dive.
The Longmeadow, Mass. native, holds wins in the 1-meter dive over Yale (311.78) and Army (301.78), as well as the 3-meter dive against Army (295.20). He also posted some impressive runner-up performances against League-leading Harvard with a season-high 323.5 points in the 3-meter and 306.38 points in the 1-meter dives.
Through Ivy League play this season, Columbia has continued to show its depth in the 50 free event. Three different swimmers have captured wins as the Lions are unbeaten in the sprint. David Jakl took the victory at Penn (20.82) and Cornell (20.79), Alex Ngan followed at Yale (20.77) and Phillip Giassert hit the wall first against Harvard (20.90).
AN ARMY OF WINS
On Nov. 17, Columbia put together a 182.5-115.5 rout of Army behind a standout day in Uris Pool from the team’s young talent. Four Lion swimmers posted their first collegiate wins in the non-conference meet. Sophomore Ronald Chen picked up a victory in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.33, along with first-years Drew May in the 100 butterfly (50.94), Jack Foster in the 500 free (4:39.11) and Thomas Norman in the 200 back (1:52.03).
SCOUTING THE BROWN
The Bears are 3-4 overall this season and 0-4 in the Ivy League. Brown is coming off back-to-back conference losses at Harvard and Penn. The Lions will be the second of a pair home of meets for the Bears this weekend.
The matchup to watch on Saturday will be in the 100 fly. Columbia’s unbeaten David Jakl will race against a couple of Brown swimmers with the top-two 100 fly times in Ivy League this season. Brown’s Thomas Glenn holds the fastest time at 46.61, followed by Jeffery Strausser at 46.93.