Columbia Men Announce 2017-18 Newcomers

Albert Gwo

Mountain View, Calif (Los Altos High School)

Best times:

19.90 – 50 free

44.05 – 100 free

48.49 – 100 Fly

“We are excited to welcome Albert Gwo into our program. He arrives with times that will make him a serious threat in the league to win any number of events. He is the first recruit in league history to arrive on campus with a sub 20 second 50 free time!” – Jim Bolster, Head Coach of Columbia Men’s Swimming

Ji Ho Hyun

Ann Arbor, Mich. (Huron High School)

Best times:

21.02  – 50 free

45.93 – 100 free

“Another sprinter! Ji Ho has the physical attributes to make a huge contribution to our sprint group. He should have an immediate impact on relays and in the individual sprint races at the dual meet level.” -Bolster

Adam Osowski

Valencia, Calif. (William S. Hart High School)

Best Times:

45.32 – 100 Free

1:37.53 – 200 Free

4:26.89 – 500 Free

“Adam is a true freestyler in that he can race any distance from the 50 through the 500 free. His versatility and range of talent will make him a great relay swimmer as well as a threat for top eight finishes in both the 200 and 500 free events at the championship level. He will have an immediate impact at the dual meet level as well.” -Bolster

John Scanlon

Naples, Fla. (Naples High School)

Best Times:

4:27.58 – 500 Free

9:17.99 – 1000 Free

15:31.39 – 1650 Free

“John will focus primarily on the distance free, breast and IM event. He will most likely make his presence felt in the 1000 and 500 free races at the dual meet scene, but may be at his best in the 1650 at the Championship level meets. His strong distance background will pay dividends in his 400 IM and 200 breast events; events he will likely swim invitational and championship meets.” -Bolster

Joseph Scerbo

Boonton Township, N.J. (Mountain Lakes High School)

Best Times:

57.44  – 100 breast

2:02.oo – 200 breast

1:50.55 – 200 IM

3:59.05 – 400 IM

“A local product from across the river in New Jersey Joe brings an array of talent to the Lions program. A good freestyler and breaststroker Joe may make his best contributions in the 200 and 400 IM events. We really need talent and depth in our IM events and we believe Joe will make his greatest contributions in these events, but he may be called upon for some relay work as well as some middle distance free and breast racing.” -Bolster

Dimitri Simcox

Lakewood, Ohio (Saint Ignatius High School)

Best Times:

20.79 – 50 Free

45.74 – 100 Free

50.20 – 100 Fly

“Another sprinter with great physical tools. We see Dimitri and Ji Ho as major additions to our sprint ranks; both are over 6’3” and have lots of raw power and potential to work with. Dimitri will be a good relay swimmer as well as one who will add great depth to our 50 and 100 free corps as well as our sprint fly group.” -Bolster

Edward Smith

Dublin, Calif. (Dublin High School)
Best Times:

1:39.23 – 200 Free

4:26.81 – 500 Free

“Our third Californian in the Class of 2021! Edward will make major contributions at the dual and championship meet levels. His 200 free and 500 free times will make him an immediate point scorer at dual meets and will give the Lions great depth at the championships. His third event will range anywhere from the 200 IM to the 1650.” -Bolster

Jonathan Suckow


Geneva, Switzerland (Andre-Chavannes High School)

Best Scoress:

398p- 1M (2013 Junior European Champion – B group)

548p – 3M (4th-place 2017 World Chanmpionships – A group)

404p – 1M (Runner-up 2014 Junior European Championships – B Group

573p – 3M (2017 Dresden Champion)

1M (2017 Junior European Champion)

3M (Runner-up 2017 Junior European Championships)

” Jonathan is a very rare talent.  He will make an immediate impact to our team and potentially the entire Ivy League.  We are looking forward to seeing how far he can go.” – Scott Donie, Head Coach of Columbia Diving

William Tan

Austin, Texas (Westwood High School)

Best Times:

45.86 – 100 Free

50.34 – 100 Fly

1:50.47 – 200 Fly

1:49.63 – 200 IM

“William comes to Columbia with all sorts of potential for success. His range of talent will give us great line up versatility at the dual meet level and great depth at the championship level. William has times that will compete in the sprint free events, the 100 and 200 fly events and both IM events. His best event and most likely the area he will make his greatest contribution will be the 200 IM.” -Bolster

Eric Tong

Princeton, N.J. (Montgomery High School)

Best Scores:

55.42 – 100 Breast

2:02.78 – 200 Breast

“Eric also arrives from across the river in Jersey. A breaststroker and sprint freestyler Eric will play a key role in both the 100 and 200 breast events while also swimming a pivotal leg in medley and sprint freestyler relays. We will be counting on Eric to score big points at dual meets and at our championships. He has the pedigree to be a school record holder and we will be looking for him to continue to develop his craft.” -Bolster

Press Release courtesy of Columbia Athletics.

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