2014 Men's Swimming & Diving Ivy League Championships Preview
NEW YORK – With a climatic weekend of competition approaching, the Columbia men's swimming and diving team will highlight the next several days racing for the 2014 Ivy League Championship crown. The Ancient Eight will join at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass., from Thursday, Feb. 27 – Saturday, Mar. 1.
The three-day meet will begin each day with 11 a.m. preliminaries and conclude with finals sessions at 6 p.m. Click the link above to view the full schedule of events.
Adult ticket prices are set for $30 event pass, $4 one-day prelim ticket and $6 one-night finals ticket. Children (under 12) and student with valid ID prices are $1 one-day prelims and $3 one-night finals tickets.
LAST TIME OUT
With a 170.5 – 129.5 win over Dartmouth, Columbia 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.
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JAKL CAN FLY
David Jakl has emerged as a leader in the pool for the Lions this season, tallying 17 total wins including 11 individual events and six relay events. In the Lions final dual-meet of the season, Jakl led the way with a Uris Pool record win in the 100 backstroke clocking in with a time of 49.21.The junior posted a win in the 50 free at Brown for his third victory in the event for the season. The Montery Park, Calif., native has consistently dominated in the 100 fly this season with one of the top conference records in the event. His 100 fly victories include wins over Ivy League foes Penn, Yale, Harvard and a non-conference wins at Bucknell and Navy.
Ivy League Rank #5 – 100 Butterfly
QUINN FOR THE WIN
During the ladder portion of the dual-meet season, Kevin Quinn has become one Columbia’s fiercest competitors in the pool. Quinn compiled a total of six individual wins in the final four dual-meets of the season and has built a lot of momentum heading into the Ivy League Championships this weekend.
Against Dartmouth on Feb. 9, Quinn posted a Uris pool record in the 200 butterfly behind winning time of 1:46.90. This capped an impressive weekend for the Evanston, Ill. native, who also picked of pair of victories in the 200 fly and 200 IM on the road at Princeton just two days prior.
Ivy League Rank #3 – 200 Butterfly
NUMBERS ON THE BOARDS
Micah Rembrandt has continued to lead the diving core this season. Rembrandt pushed his total number of wins to 11 to wrap the dual-meet season after finishing the weekend with a 3-meter (348.50) win at Princeton and a 1-meter (300.90) victory against Dartmouth. Rembrandt has posted victories in the 3-meter (340.50) at Navy and both the 1-meter (311.70) and 3-meter (296.70) dives at Brown. The junior had a big day at Bucknell a few weeks ago by grabbing wins in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, with a tally of 292.70 in the 1-meter dive and 293.40 in the 3-meter dive.
The Longmeadow, Mass., native holds wins in the 1-meter dive over Cornell, Yale (311.78) and Army (301.78), as well as in the 3-meter dive against Army (295.20). He also posted some impressive runner-up performances against League-leading Harvard with 323.5 points in the 3-meter and season-high 306.38 points in the 1-meter dives.
Through Ivy League play, Columbia has consistently displayed its depth in the 50 free. Three different swimmers have captured wins as the Lions are 6-1 in the event in the conference. David Jakl took the victory at Brown (20.52), Penn (20.82) and Cornell (20.79), Alex Ngan followed at Yale (20.77) and Philipp Gaissert hit the wall first against Harvard (20.90) and Dartmouth (20.81).
Another group of Columbia swimmers will also compete this weekend at the 2014 ECAC Swimming & Diving Championships in Annapolis, Md. The three-day meet will be held at Navy's Lejune Pool and will begin on Friday, Feb. 28 with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Both Friday and Saturday will begin with 10 a.m. preliminaries, and then conclude with finals sessions at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the preliminary heats will start at 9 a.m. and the finals will follow at 4 p.m.