With a third-place finish at the Ivy League Championships now in its rearview mirror, Columbia returns to Uris Pool on Friday to start anew against Penn, a team it has beaten in two consecutive season openers. Following their first dual meet, the Lions head to Yale on Saturday to continue Ivy League play. The Columbia program, run for nearly three decades by head coach Jim Bolster, returns four of its six all-Ivy swimmers, including two Ivy League title winners in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke. This solid core of experienced swimmers—including sophomores Omar Arafa, Daniel Gosek, and Dominik Koll and senior John Wright—should once again end up near the top of the Ivy League standings.
Four seniors reflect on their time at Columbia, and what it means to be leaving these years—and NYC—behind.