NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming and diving team won its second consecutive meet at Uris Pool by downing Army in non-conference action Sunday afternoon, 182.5-115.5. The Lions notched their fourth straight victory over the Black Knights and moved to 2-1 on the season.
Columbia captured 11 of 16 events and four Lions earned their first collegiate wins to shut down Army in dominating fashion. Junior David Jakl highlighted Columbia's successful day with three total victories, including a career-best time of 51.09 in the 100 backstroke. Jakl surpassed his previous best time of 51.22 set against Army in West Point a season ago.
Sophomore Ronald Chen picked up his first collegiate win in the 200 IM with a top time of 1:55.33. A trio of first-years also had impressive performances with first place finishes. Drew May took first in the 100 butterfly (50.94), Jack Foster won the 500 freestyle (4:39.11) and Thomas Norman captured the 200 backstroke (1:52.03).
Junior Micah Rembrandt had a strong day on the boards for the Lions, taking both the 1m and 3m dives. Rembrandt opened the day with Columbia’s first victory in the 3m event, tallying 295.20 points in the win, nearly 30 points ahead of second place.
For the second straight day, the quartet of Michael Fox-Moles, Codi Saunders, Jakl and Alex Ngan teamed up to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:32.38.
The Lions then earned second and third place finishes in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Alex Mango grabbed the runner-up spot with a time of 1:42.12, and first-year Nikita Bondarenko finished third in 1:43.14.
Columbia earned a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 backstroke, led by Jakl’s new career mark (51.09). Fox-Moles came in next with a time of 51.46, and Ben Xu was close behind with a third-place time of 51.48.
The Lions continued to rack up points by taking second and third in the 100 breaststroke. Saunders earned a runner-up finish with a time of 58.66 and Matthew Swallow finished third in 58.92.
Junior Kevin Quinn kept things flowing for the Lions with a victory in the 200 butterfly, finishing with a top time of 1:49.55. Terry Li was close behind, checking in at second in 1:51.99.
Columbia took first yet again in the 50 freestyle thanks to Gaissert’s top time of 20.91. Junior Stanley Wong touched the wall next to finish second in 21.02.
The Lions return to Ivy League action against Harvard in Uris Pool on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.