The Columbia men’s and women’s swimming teams finished their seasons with a busy weekend, both swimming at the ECAC Championships in Maryland while the men also competed at the Ivy League Championships.
The men’s team placed a disappointing fifth at Ivies, a year after placing third. The Lions had leapfrogged two spots on the second day to get to fourth, but ended the tournament just behind Yale.
Harvard dethroned Princeton to become the first team in six years to knock the Tigers off the top spot, earning their 23rd Ivy League title in program history.
For the Lions, the two best performances came from the two most consistent swimmers, juniors Kevin Quinn and David Jakl. Quinn started the finals with a win in the 200-yard individual medley B finals, swimming a career-best time that qualified for a NCAA B cut time. He then clocked in with another B cut time in the 400-yard IM prelims and went on to finish second in the finals.
Meanwhile, Jakl was the runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly and later finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, with both times good enough for a B cut. Both Jakl and Quinn earned second-team All-Ivy honors.
While the top 17 swimmers were competing at Ivies, the rest of the team finished fourth in a field of 15 at the ECAC Championships. The Lions’ most notable achievement was their sweep of the top four finishes in the 400 IM. First-year James Delgado set a new ECAC record at 3:53.30, while sophomore John Santoro, junior Sam Dunkle and sophomore Ronald Chen rounded out the top four.
Meanwhile, the women’s team was also wrapping up its season at the ECAC Championships, finishing fifth in a field of 30.
The Lions began the tournament with a win in the first event, posting a time of 1:35.36 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. In the final event of the first day, the team also took first in the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:47.16.
On Day 2, the 800-yard freestyle relay team of first-years Tiffany Warmuth, Celia Frick, and Emily Clifford, and junior Sidney Drill turned in a finish in 7:30.32 to win the event.
The team of first-years Gabrielle Toback, Jennifer Shahar, and Trudi Patrick and sophomore Christina Ray took second place in the 200-yard medley relay to finish out the day.