Columbia Men Lose a Close One on the Road to a Fast Navy Squad

The Columbia men’s swimming and diving team traveled to Annapolis, Maryland over the weekend to confront the U.S. Naval Academy in its home pool. The Midshipmen won ten events and outscored the Lions 157-140 and in the process ended its dual meet season with a 7-4 record. Columbia’s last dual meet will take place on Friday, February 7 at Princeton.

Full results

Navy’s 200 medley relay team of Brendan Walsh, Sean Murphy, Jonathan Debaugh, and Dain Bomberger opened the meet with a decisive win in 1:29.84. Columbia (Michael Fox-Moles, Stanley Wong, Drew May, and Alex Ngan) tied with Navy’s B team (Joseph Lane, Luke Hoffer, Hayes McCullagh, and Daniel Bowden) for second with 1:33.15.

In the 1000 free, Thomas Duvall (9:22.35) and Alex Nickell of the Mids took first and second, while three Lions (Harry Stephenson, Nikita Bondarenko, and Jack Foster) all touched with a half second of each other.

Columbia’s Terry Li won the 200 free in 1:40.96; Navy’s Riley Mita edged out Dominik Koll of Columbia 1:42.10 to 1:42.11 for second. Navy came back with a Joseph Lane victory in the 100 back, 50.65 to 50.84 over Fox-Moles.

Murphy led his Midshipmen teammates Hoffer and Marlin Brutkiewicz in a 1-2-3 sweep of the 100 breast. Columbia came back with a 1-2 finish in the 200 fly, as Kevin Quinn (1:48.00) and David Jakl (1:48.62) both got to the wall just before Debaugh of Navy.

Navy’s Bomberger (20.84) narrowly won the 50 free ahead of Philipp Gaissert and Ngan of Columbia. Jakl won the 100 free with his signature strong second half: tied for fifth at the 50 he negative-split the race and ended up .15 ahead of Navy’s Hugh Davison.

The 200 back went to the Mids’ Conor Campbell (1:50.16). Quinn of Columbia finished second with a strong final 50. The Navy breaststroke trio got another sweep in the 200; this time Hoffer (2:01.94) touched out Murphy by .08, while Brutkiewicz got the bronze again.

Navy took the top two spots in the 500 free with Duvall (4:32.50) and Nickell over Columbia’s Bondarenko. Not taking any more chances, Jakl led wire-to-wire en route to winning the 100 fly in 49.50. Navy’s Debaugh was second.

The 200 IM went to Columbia’s Quinn in 1:53.42. His teammate Eric Traub split a 25.9 free leg to overtake Navy’s Thomas Hetzel for second. Columbia’s 400 free relay with Jakl, Gaissert, Li, and Ngan won in 3:04.82.

The two teams split diving points. In three-meter diving, Columbia’s Micah Rembrandt (340.50) outscored Midshipmen Ben Freedman and David Principato, whereas in the one-meter, Freedman (310.95) came out on top, followed by Rembrandt and Principato.

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About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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