Brown and Columbia Split Dual Meet

Columbia vs Brown

Team Scores


  • Brown – 153
  • Columbia – 147


  • Columbia – 190
  • Brown – 110

The Columbia men’s team beat Brown handily, while the Brown women’s team prevailed in a meet that went down to the wire at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center on Brown’s campus. Columbia won 13 of 16 events in the men’s meet, while Brown and Columbia each won 8 in the women’s meet.

In the women’s meet, Brown was down 140 to 143 going into the last event, the 400 free relay. Brown then put up a dominant performance in the relay, with its ‘A’ relay beating Columbia’s by 4.49 seconds. The Brown team of Maddie Salesky (50.74), Tatiana Prendella (51.74), Marley Cross (50.22), and Taylor Seaman (49.90) combined to go 3:22.33, which is less than 4 seconds off their Ivy-League-leading season best of 3:18.56, and is just slightly slower than they went last weekend (3:21.98). Brown’s ‘B’ relay came in 3rd, giving them a 13-4 point advantage over Columbia in the event, which was enough to secure the win.

Marley Cross, a Brown sophomore, and Taylor Seaman, a Brown Freshman, battled it out in the 100 and 200 free, with Cross tking the 200 and Seaman taking the 100. In the 200, Cross used a stronger middle 100 to fight off Seaman, who was charging on the last 50. Their splits were as follows: Cross – 26.00, 28.29, 28.09, 27.86 | Seaman – 26.45, 28.85, 28.49, 27.31.

Taylor Seaman got her revenge in the 100, however, edging out Cross 50.64 to 50.70. That time for Cross was her 2nd fastest dual meet 100, and 4th fastest overall, very close to her dual meet season best (50.67) and her overall season best (50.01). Seaman’s time was half a second off her dual meet season best of 50.13, and over a second off her overall season best of 49.44. Seaman also took 1st in the 50 free, edging out teammate Maddie Salesky 23.46 to 23.50. Noteably, Taylor Seaman is just 17 years old, and is currently ranked 2nd in the Ivy League in the 50 free, 3rd in the 100 free, and 4th in the 200 free.

Jonathan Suckow remained dominant on the boards for Columbia, keeping his undefeated streak in the 1 meter in collegiate competition (9-0), and moving to (8-1) in the 3 meter in college. His winning scores of 340.05 (1 meter) and 398.85 (3 meter) were actually a little off his season bests of 398.20 and 430.35 respectively, however, he won by a combined 92 points.

Event Winners


  • 200 medley relay: Columbia (Samson, Antiles, Zhu, O’Rourke) – 1:43.54
  • 1000 free: Clare Macnamara (Columbia) – 10:15.20
  • 200 free: Marley Cross (Brown) – 1:50.24
  • 100 back: Jordan Ashmore (Columbia) – 56.45
  • 100 breast: Eva Crouse (Columbia) – 1:03.84
  • 200 fly: Jessica He (Columbia) – 2:03.51
  • 50 free: Taylor Seaman (Brown) – 23.46
  • 100 free: Taylor Seaman (Brown) – 50.64
  • 200 back: Sarah Welch (Brown) – 2:01.53
  • 200 breast: Nicole Papsco (Columbia) – 2:21.75
  • 500 free: Tatiana Prendella (Brown) – 5:00.91
  • 100 fly: Eva Crouse (Columbia) – 55.94
  • 200 IM: Jessica Antiles (Columbia) – 2:04.10
  • 400 free relay: Brown (Salesky, Prendella, Cross, Seaman) – 3:22.33
  • 1 meter diving: Emily Zitkovsky (Brown) – 237.75
  • 3 meter diving: Marisa Agarwal (Brown) – 282.75


  • 200 medley relay: Columbia (Stevens, Ng, Frifeldt, Gwo) – 1:29.77
  • 1000 free: Brian Tsau (Columbia) – 9:29.24
  • 200 free: Nianguo Liu (Columbia) – 1:38.95
  • 100 back: Joon Sung (Brown) – 49.92
  • 100 breast: Jace Ng (Columbia) – 56.51
  • 200 fly: Shane Brett (Columbia) – 1:50.67
  • 50 free:Albert Gwo (Columbia) – 20.45
  • 100 free: Cody Cline (Brown) – 45.02
  • 200 back: Michal Zyla (Columbia) – 1:49.19
  • 200 breast: Jace Ng (Columbia) – 2:05.35
  • 500 free: Jack Scanlon (Columbia) – 4:38.95
  • 100 fly: Joon Sung (Brown) – 49.32
  • 200 IM: Jae Park (Columbia) – 1:51.04
  • 400 free relay: Columbia (Frifeldt, Liu, Dang, Gwo) – 3:00.66
  • 1 meter diving: Jonathan Suckow (Columbia) – 340.05
  • 3 meter diving: Jonathan Suckow (Columbia) – 398.85

Press Release – Columbia Men:

Providence, R.I. – The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team captured their third-consecutive victory on Saturday, Jan. 20 as they defeated Brown 190-110 on the road. The Lions were dominant in another dual-meet performance to move to 6-2 on the season.

The winning tandem of Cole StevensJace NgKevin Frifeldt and Albert Gwo began the the day with a first-place time of 1:29.77 in the 200 medley relay. Brian Tsau followed with a long distance victory in the 1000 freestyle (9:29.24), along with a runner-up finish by Jack Scanlon (9:33.42). Nian-Guo Liu led a 1-2 punch in the 200 freestyle at 1:38.95 with Michal Zyla placing second in 1:39.91.

The Lions were dominant in the 100 breaststroke taking the top 4 spots. Jace Ng hit the wall in a first-place time of 56.51, followed by Jae Park (56.60), Joseph Lozano (58.65) and Zach Thomas (58.92). Ng went on to sweep the breaststroke events a  win in the 200 breast behind a time of 2:05.35, finishing ahead of teammateJoseph Lozano (2:05.88).

Shane Brett grabbed the crown in the 200 butterfly with an impressive time of 1:50.67 and Albert Gwocontinues his strong performances in the 50 freestyle this season with another winning time of 20.45, along with third-place points from Kevin Frifeldt (20.63).

The Lions next crown came from Michal Zyla in the 200 backstroke in 1:49.19. Joe Skimmons clocked in third place in the event at 1:51.91. Capturing the 500 freestyle was Jack Scanlon in 4:38.95, while Jae Park hit the wall first in the 200 I.M. in 1:51.04.

With a time of 3:00.66 in the 400 freestyle relay, the squad of Kevin FrifeldtNian-Guo LiuKevin Dang andAlbert Gwo concluded the day with a Columbia victory.

Columbia’s dominance was also highlighted on the boards as Jonathan Suckow led the way with wins in both the three-meter (398.85) and one-meter dive (340.05). In both events Columbia placed 1-4 with Jayden Pantel(362.10 – 3M, 284.48 – 1M) as runner up, followed by Shinya Kondo (258.23 – 1M, 283.73 – 3M) and Kevin Fulton (249.15 – 1M, 331.88 – 3M).

Up next, Columbia (6-2, 3-2 Ivy) will travel to Navy on Friday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in their final non-conference meet.

Press Release – Columbia Women:

Providence, R.I. – In the final road Ivy League dual-meet of the season, the Columbia women’s swimming & diving were edged by Brown 153-147 on Saturday, Jan. 20. In a meet that came down to wire, the Lions put together several of impressive wins throughout the afternoon.

The Lions were off to a strong start as the 200 medley relay squad of Julia SamsonJessica AntilesSusie Zhuand Kathleen O’Rourke combined for a winning time of 1:43.54. Clae Macnamara added an early win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:15.20, while Jordan Ashmore took the crown in the 100 backstroke at 56.45.

Eva Crouse led a 1-2 punch in the 100 breaststroke with a winning time of 1:03.84 and Jessica Antiles placed runner up at 1:04.31. Jessica He was sensational in the 200 butterfly with a first-place time of 2:03.51 and a critical 2-3-4 finish in the 200 backstroke kept the Lions going in a tight race. Lisa Zang clocked in as runner up at 2:02.54, followed by Jamie Lee (2:02.97) and Julia Samson (2:04.22).

Nicole Papsco (2:21.75) edged teammate Stefanie Ting (2:21.85) for a 200 breaststroke win, while Clare Macnamara (5:03.14) and Kasia Malendowicz (5:05.20) placed second and third respectively in the 500 freestyle.

Crouse earned her second win of the day in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.94 with Jessica He taking second place in 56.10. Antiles followed with win in the 200 I.M. at 2:04.10, her fourth in Ivy League competition this season.

Up next, Columbia will travel to Seton Hall on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 12 p.m. in their final non-conference meet.

Press Release – Brown Men:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men’s swimming & diving team was defeated by Columbia, 190-110, on Saturday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday.

“The team had a solid meet against Columbia today,” said head coach Chris Ip. “This was the first dual meet of the 2018 calendar year, and it took us a few events to find our footing. I was happy to see our performances in the second half of the meet improve as we adjusted and dialed in on our details.”

Brown took second and third in the 200 medley relay. The relay team of sophomore Joon Sung (Los Angeles, Calif.), sophomore Alex Smilenov (Katy, Texas), junior William Steele (Katy, Texas), and sophomore Cody Cline(Wellington, Fla.) placed second in 1:31.01 while the group of sophomore Coley Sullivan (Louisville, Ky.), freshman Max Pokutta (Palo Alto, Calif.), junior Nicholas Brown (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Charles Steele (Katy, Texas) earned a third place finish in 1:33.09, out touching Columbia’s B relay by .08 of a second.

Freshman Riley Pestorius (Bridgewater, N.J.) (9:43.20) swam a season best time in the 1000 freestyle to take third place. Sophomore Troy Li (Carmel, Ind.) (9:43.30) finished fourth.

Fellow freshman Michael Lincoln (Palo Alto, Calif.) (1:41.14) took third in the 200 freestyle, leading the way for the Bears, with junior Liam Hollowsky(Naples, Fla.) (1:43.19) finishing in fourth.

Sung won two events for the Brown, taking the 100 backstroke (49.92) and 100 butterfly (49.32). Following Sung and scoring in the 100 backstroke was Sullivan in fourth (51.80). In the 100 butterfly, W. Steele (50.30) was behind Sung in third while N. Brown (51.09) came in fourth.

Pokutta took fifth in the 100 breaststroke for the Bears, with a 59.06. Pokutta also finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.94) ahead of sophomore Toshiki Takahashi (Tokyo, Japan) (2:08.87) in fifth.

Junior Matt Orringer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) took second in the 200 butterfly (1:53.90). Not far behind him was freshman Alex Park (Dix Hills, N.Y.) in third (1:54.01) and W. Steele in fourth (1:54.49).

Cline was able to place second in the 50 freestyle (20.55) before taking the win in the 100 freestyle (45.02). Also swimming both events was Smilenov, who took fourth in the 50 (20.82) and third in the 100 (45.92). Sophomore Jagger Stephens (Agana Heights, Hagatna, Guam) scored in the 100 with a 46.30, good enough for fourth.

Sullivan took second in the 200 backstroke (1:51.60) ahead of N. Brown (1:53.30) in fourth, and freshman Alex Park (Dix Hills, N.Y.) in fifth (1:55.17).

Finishing 2-3-4 for the Bears in the 500 Freestyle was Li (4:42.79), Lincoln (4:43.07) and Pestorius (4:46.10).

Park was the highest finisher in the 200 IM, taking second with a 1:53.17. Orringer followed behind him with a fourth place finish of 1:55.77.

On the boards, the Bears took fifth on the 1M with freshman Ivan Ip (Rosemead, Calif.) (242.03) and sophomore William McNelis (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) took fifth on the 3M.

The final 400 freestyle relay team of Cline, Sung, W. Steele, and Smilenov (3:01.13) were out-touched in a tight race to end the meet. But, the Bears “B” Relay team of Stephens, Lincoln, Hollowsky, and Li fought their way to a third place finish in the event with a 3:06.92.

The Bears next wrap up the regular at Cornell on Friday, Jan. 26 (5:00 pm.) and Saturday, Jan. 27 (12:00 p.m.).

Press Release – Brown Women:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women’s swimming & diving team defeated Columbia, 153-147, in its final home competition of the season at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday. The meet was the final home collegiate competition for seniors Sarah Cronin (Westfield, N.J.), Ally Donahue(Tampa, Fla.), Hailey Jacobson (Missoula, Mont.), Olivia Katcher (Hollywood, Fla.), Megan Pope (Los Altos, Calif.), Korbyn Simpson (Baltimore, Md.) and Jenna Zagoren (Cherry Hill, N.J.).

The Bears opened the meet in the 200 medley relay and took second, with Zagoren, Donahue, sophomore Jessie Blake-West (Belmont, Mass.) and junior Maddie Salesky (San Rafael, Calif.) finishing in 1:44.06.

Junior Tatiana Prendella (Bernardsville, N.J.) led the Bears in a 2-3-4 finish in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:15.74 to open the individual events. She later won the 500 freestyle in 5:00.91.

Sophomore Marley Cross (Seattle, Wash.) picked up Brown’s first victory of the day, grabbing the top spot in the 200 freestyle in 1:50.24. Freshman Taylor Seaman (Brighton, Mich.) wasn’t far behind in second (1:51.10 while junior Jackie Karpowicz (Wakefield, R.I.) also took pints in fourth with a 1:53.82 finish.

Sophomore Sarah Welch (Beverly, Mass.) finished second in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 57.14 and came back to win the 200 of the event in 2:01.53.

Donahue claimed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.60) and junior Tiffany Zhao (Beaverton, Ore.) came in fifth (1:05.33). Junior Kendall Crawford(Greenwood Village, Colo.) finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.49) with Donahue in fourth (2:23.63).

Junior Emma Wittmer (Edina, Minn.), sophomore Kelley Tackett (Columbia, Mo.) and Blake-West went 2-3-4 in the 200 butterfly, with times of 2:04.98, 2:05.86 and 2:07.01, respectively. Wittmer placed third in the 100 butterfly (56.46) and Blake-West also earned points in fifth (56.79).

Brown took the top three spots in the 50 freestyle with Seaman taking first in 23.46, Salesky in second (23.50) and freshman Tory Center (Madison, Wis.) in third (23.77). Seaman also won the 100 freestyle (50.64) and this time Cross finish second (50.70) while Salesky came in third (51.11).

In diving, freshman Marisa Agarwal (Palo Alto, Calif.) won the 3M with a mark of 282.75. Sophomore Emily Zitkovsky (Lexington, Mass.) placed second with a 242.78 and sophomore Julia Benz (Superior, Colo.) rounded out the top three with a 235.80. Zitkovsky claimed first in the 1M with a total of 237.75 while freshman Julia Feord (Royal Oak, Mich.) placed fourth with 225.30.

Freshman Han Nguyen (Los Gatos, Calif.) was the Bears’ top finisher in the 200 IM, coming in second at 2:05.61 while Welch placed fifth (2:07.61).

Brown finished the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, where Salesky, Prendella, Cross and Seaman put together a 3:22.33 finish.

The Bears will next close out the regular season at Cornell on Friday, Jan. 26 (5:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 27 (12:00 p.m.).

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