PRINCETON, N.J. –To closeout the 2013 calendar year, the Columbia men’s swimming and diving team capped a busy weekend at the Big Al Open on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Lions compiled a total of 470.5 points for fourth place in the three-day meet. The host Princeton cruised to first-place with 1283 points and Dartmouth was the runner-up with 850 points.
The final day of action was highlighted by some strong performances in the 200 butterfly for the Lions. Kevin Quinn led the way with a third-place overall finish in the championship finals with a time of 1:48.25. David Jakl added a ‘B’ finals win, clocking in with a time of 1:49.04, for ninth overall, and Terry Li grabbed a top finish in the ‘C’ finals at 1:52.86 for 17th overall.
Quinn also had a championship performance in the 200 backstroke behind a sixth-place finish at 1:50.75. At a time of 1:51.51, Benjamin Xu touched the wall first in ‘C’ finals of the event.
The Lions finished the meet with a top five effort in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Jakl, Philipp Gaissert, Terry Li and Alex Ngan combined for a fifth-place time of 3:04.61.
Columbia will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 4 when they hit the road to face Bucknell for a 1 p.m. meet.
Day Two Results
Columbia returned to DeNunzio pool for day two of the Big Al Open on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Lions put together a solid day, including a strong performance on the boards by Micah Rembrandt and a number of bonus finals heat wins.
Rembradnt began the day with a runner-up best total of 325.40 in the prelims of the men’s 3m diving event. The junior went on to grab third place in the finals later in the evening with a tally of 316.30 points.
The Lions posted several good performances in the men’s 400 IM. Ronald Chen led the way with a ‘B’ finals heat win in a time of 4:00.78, good for ninth place overall. Just seconds behind were teammates Jack Foster as runner-up (10th - 4:01.19) and Nikita Bondarenko in third place (11th – 4:03.21).
Codi Saunders added another Columbia ‘B’ finals first-place showing in the 100 breast, clocking in with a time 57.20 and David Jakl followed with a bonus finals win in the 100 back at 50.21.
The relay squads performed well on the day taking sixth in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 800 freestyle relay. The quartet of Michael Fox-Moles, Stanley Wong, Kevin Quinn and Alex Ngan combined for a time of 1:32.84 in th 200 medley relay. The foursome of Jakl, Terry Li, Alex Mango and Bondarenko swam for a top-five time of 6:47.97.
Day One Results
On Friday, Dec. 5, Columbia began opening day at the 2013 Big Al Open at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton. The six team field were off to the races in the morning preliminary sessions at 10 a.m., followed by the finals sessions at 6 p.m.
The Lions first day was highlighted by a strong performance in the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet of David Jakl, Andrew Wood, Phillip Gaissert and Alex Ngan combined for a time of 1:22.59 for a fifth-place finish to start the evening finals sessions.
In the individual events, Kevin Quinn grabbed 11th-place overall finish in the 200 IM after a third-place finish in the ‘B’ finals with a time of 1:52.84. Terry Li also earned points for the Lions with a runner-up finish in the ‘C’ finals of the event with an 18th-place time of 1:53.82.
Stanley Wong led a Columbia filled event in the 50 free with an eighth-place finals finish, hitting the wall in a time of 20.92. Ngan went on to take 14th place with a time of 21.15 in the event as well. Nikita Bondarenko earned points with a15th-place finish in the 500 free at 4:38.14 and Columbia finished the day with a sixth-place finish in the 400 medley relay. The foursome of Benjamin Xu, Wong, Jakl and Ngan combined for a time of 3:23.08.
After tallying 140.5 points, the Lions stand in fourth place after the first six events.