ITHACA, N.Y. - The Columbia men's swimming and diving team won its third consecutive dual meet on Friday, Jan. 18, defeating Cornell 172-127. Behind a strong team effort, the Lions improved to 2-2 in the Ivy League and 4-2 overall with the win at Teagle Hall Pool.
Micah Rembrandt opened the meet for Columbia with a win in the one-meter dive with 302.24 points. Rembrandt went on to lead the Lions in the three-meter dive with a second-place finish. The 200 medley relay began the swimming events on the day and Columbia hit the pool in impressive fashion. The quartet of Daniel Gosek, Stanley Wong, David Jakl and Alex Ngan combined for a winning time of 1:33.56.
Junior Harry Stephenson took the first individual event of the session when he won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:32.01. The 200 freestyle saw the Lions take first and second place, as Dominik Koll captured the win in 1:40.11. Just a couple seconds behind was David Jakl,finishing runner-up in 1:42.96. Jakl also grabbed the victory on the 100 butterfly at 49.70.
The Lions continued to build the lead in the 100 backstroke, taking the top three finishes in the event. Michael Fox-Moles led the way, clocking in at 51.58, followed by Jared Namba in second at 52.25 and Benjamin Xu in third at 52.48. Xu went on to win the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.83.
The 200 butterfly marked the next win for Columbia when Kevin Quinn hit the wall at 1:49.76. Alex Mango followed closebehind with a second-place finish in 1:52.35. Daniel Gosek followed with a victory in the 50 freestyle at 20.84 and Alex Ngan took second at 21.34. Daniel Tan won the 100 freestyle at 47.31 to give the Lions its ninth individual win of the meet and a 172-127 toppling of the Big Red.
Up next, the Lions return to Uris Pool for the homecoming dual meet against Ivy League rival Brown on Saturday, Jan. 26.