NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s swimming & diving moved to 3-0 on Saturday, Nov. 11 as they downed their second Ivy League opponent in Yale 164-136. With the victory, the Lions are off to their best conference start since 2010 and increase their home unbeaten streak to seven, dating back to a 4-0 campaign last season.
The bar continues to rise for Jonathan Suckow as he delivers another three-meter dive record performance for the third-consecutive meet. The first-year tallied a winning pool and program record score of 425.85, besting his previous school record of 425.05 set last Friday against Penn. Behind an impressive score of 380.93 in the one-meter dive, Suckow returned for his third diving sweep on the year.
Jayden Pantel added to the Lions dominance on the boards with a second-place tally in the three-meter dive at 396.37 and one-meter dive score of 374.11.
An exciting win by the 200 medley relay tandem of Cole Stevens, Jae Park, Kevin Frifeldt and Albert Gwo in 1:30.06 set the tone for the Lions in the pool. Columbia placed finishers at 2-4 in the 1000 freestyle, including John Scanlon ( 9:32.92), Edward Smith (9:38.35) and Eric Ng (9:38.37).
Nian-guo Liu won his second Ivy League 200 freestyle with a time of 1:38.38, duplicated by Michal Zyla in the 100 backstroke in 49.20. Cole Stevens also placed runner-up in the event with a time of 49.64. The backstroke tandem repeated their winning formula in the 200 back with a top time of 1:47.37 by Zyla and second-place time of 1:49.18 by Stevens.
In his first race for the Lions, Jace Ng led a 1-2-3 Columbia sweep in the 100 breaststroke in a near pool record time of 55.13. Jae Park took second place at 56.06, followed by Eric Tong in third place at 56.15. Park would power for a win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:01,78, finishing ahead of Jack Smith who clocked in at 2:02.77.
Yale’s Aaron Greenberg set Uris Pool record time 19.96 in a 50 freestyle win, besting the previous record time of 20.09 set by Columbia’s Adam C. Powell in 2011. Kevin Frifeldt placed runner-up with a time of 20.47, after a runner-up performance by Zach Pear in the 200 butterfly at 1:50.56. Frifeldt went on to collect a crown in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.26, along with a third-place finish by Pear hitting the wall in 50.48.
Up next, the Lions will return to Uris Pool on Friday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. to host Harvard.