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NEW YORK - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team will head to Princeton,
N.J. from Thursday, March 1 - Saturday, March 3 to compete in the 2012 Ivy League
Championships meet. The Lions look to capture their first Ivy League title
since 1989 at the familiar Denunzio Pool.
Following a 174-123 win over Dartmouth, Columbia finished
the regular season at 7-4, 4-3 Ivy League. First-year David Jakl has swam well
this season picking up five wins against four Ivy League teams. Jakl paces the
Lions with three top ten Ivy League times. He stands seventh in both the 100 fly and 200 fly with times
of 49.65 and 1:49.88. A time of
1:51.04 also places him ninth in the 200 backstroke. First-year Jeremie DeZwirek, who stands sixth with a time of 1:49.19, joins him in the event.
First-year Dominik Koll came on in the second half of the
regular season to add to the depth of the Lions. Koll has captured four first
place finishes in six meets this season. Koll's meet times continues to
improve with every outing, making him one of the most exciting swimmers to
watch heading into the Ivy League Championships. A 1:39.66 finish in a victory
over Brown places Koll in the top eight Ivy League times in the 200 freestyle.
With three Lions holding top ten times of the 50 freestyle,
Columbia has the depth to fare well in this event. First-year Stanley Wong
leads the pack with a fourth place time of 20.61. First-Year Daniel Gosek follows
in seventh at 20.75 and first-year Alex Ngan takes tenth at 20.83. First-year
Omar Arafa also adds to the strong showing of the young class in the meet standing
fifth in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 50.20.
The 2012 Ivy League Championship meet will begin Thursday, March
1 with preliminaries at 11 a.m. Day one will conclude with a six-event finals
session at 6 p.m. that include the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200
individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, and the 400 medley relay.