Columbia returns to action at Penn
NEW YORK — Columbia’s men’s swimming and diving team will travel to Penn for a 3 p.m. meet against the Quakers in Philadelphia.
Live results will be available via MeetMobile.
The Lions’ final competitive season ended in early 2020, with Columbia finishing second in the Ivy League standings. Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has not been a 2020-2021 season. Despite this extended hiatus, sixteen experienced upper class students return to lead 17 new faces that weren’t tested at the college level.
Notable returnees include the elderly Joey licht and Shawn lou who finished in the top 20 in multiple events at the 2020 Ivy Championships. Licht is a two-time Ivy League finalist in the 200 backstroke and 400 IM, placing seventh in both events in 2020. Additionally, the Floridian s ‘made her way to a 13th place in the 100 backstroke. Her classmate Lou placed 15th in the 1650 freestyle and 17th in the 1000 freestyle with a personal best of 9: 14.83.
Two-time Ivy League champion and league diver of the year Jonathan suckow seeks to build on a record 2018-2019 campaign. The 2019 U.S. First All-Star Team clinched a fifth place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships, scoring the program’s best individual national result in 36 years. In that same season, Suckow went undefeated in doubles competition while beating the program, and Percy Uris Pool, records on the 1-meter (432.76) and 3-meter (452.02) boards on December 8. 2018.
With a seventh place finish at the 2020 Ivy League Championships, Penn closed his last campaign in sixth place in the league. For the first time since 2016, Columbia faces Penn in the two teams’ first meeting of the season.
Last season, the Lions hosted the Quakers at Percy Uris on Nov. 9, scoring a 179-121 victory. Penn concluded his 2019-20 campaign sixth in the Ivy League behind a seventh place finish at the 2020 Championships.
Major returnees include four-event championship finalists (500 free, 1,000 free, 1,650 free and 400 IM) seniors William Kamps and Billy Fallon.
On the bridge
The Lions will cross the Hudson next Friday to meet the Princeton Tigers at 5:00 p.m.