NEW YORK – With a 170.5 – 129.5 win over Dartmouth, the Columbia men’s swimming and diving team capped their dual-meet season with another solid win on senior day in Uris pool on Sunday, Feb. 9. It was an exciting meet that saw four new pool records and a strong performance by the Lions winning 9 of 16 events.
Terry Li was fantastic for Columbia all afternoon, grabbing his first of three wins in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.79. The first-year returned in the 100 freestyle to edge teammate Ngan by .02 seconds to take the victory in 46.89 and capped the meet with a victory in the 100 fly, clocking in with a time 50.33.
Jakl set the first Uris pool record of the day in the 100 backstroke. The junior clocked in with a top-time of 49.21 to surpass the previous record time of 49.66, set by Cornell’s Stefano Caprara in 2006. Kevin Quinn added another Uris pool record for Columbia in the 200 butterfly. With a winning time of 1:46.90, Quinn bested Jakl’s previous record time of 1:47.51 set last year.
Success in the 50 free has been a staple for the Lions throughout the season and Sunday was no different. Philipp Gaissert led a 1-2-3 sweep in the event with a first-place time of 20.81. Ngan grabbed a runner-up finish at 21.04 and Wong took third place at 21.17.
Micah Rembrandt tallied another win on the season in the one-meter dive. Rembrandt posted a first-place total of 300.90 in the one-meter dive and a runner-up total of 315.90 in the three-meter dive.
Nejc Zupan had a big day for the Big Green setting two Uris pool records and collecting trio of wins. The senior set the pool record in the 100 breast with a time of 55.06 and followed up with a new pool record in the 200 breast at 1:59.65.
The Lions capped the meet with a win in the final 200 freestyle relay. The foursome of Jakl, Wong, Gaissert and Ngan closed out with a top-time of 1:21.55, slightly missing the Uris pool record.
Columbia finishes the regular season 6-4 overall and improves to 4-3 in the Ivy League. The Lions will have a few weeks off before the head to Cambridge, Mass. on Thursday, Feb. 27 to compete for an Ivy League Championship title.