Columbia Swims Past Army, Penn For 2-0 Start

Meet Results

  • November 3-4, 2017
  • Uris Pool
  • Meet Results
  • Score
    • Columbia 168, Army 129
    • Columbia 198, Penn 102

Press Release

Courtesy of Columbia Athletics


The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team were dominant in its season home opener on Friday, Nov. 3 against Army (1-0). The Lions won 14 of 16 events on the way to a 168-129 win, its fifth consecutive at Uris Pool dating back to a 4-0 record last season.

A monumental start by first-year diver Jonathan Suckow highlighted the afternoon at Uris Pool. In his first collegiate meet, Suckow set a new program record in the three-meter en route to sweeping the boards. A score of 420.83 in the three-meter dive set a new Uris Pool and program record, surpassing the previous record of 410.70 set by teammate Jayden Pantel last season. He returned for a winning performance in the one-meter dive with a score 398.10

Pantel followed with a pair of runner-up performances, including second-place score of 363.60 in the three-meter dive and a score of 324.60 in the one-meter dive. Shinya Kondo completed the Lions 3M sweep with a third-place score of 276.68.

The squad of Cole StevensJae ParkKevin Frifeldt and Mark Gullick set the winning tone in the Lions first swimming event with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The tandem clocked in with a combined time of 1:30

Nian-guo Liu grabbed the first indivudial win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:27.91, with Brian Tsau adding third-place points at 9:45.85. Michal Zyla and Adam Osowski put together another 1-3 punch in the 200 freestyle with Zyla leading the way at 1:39.16 and Osowski at 1:43.32. Cole Stevens clocked in at 50.54 to win the 100 backstroke, along with a third-place showing from Joseph Skimmons at 51.27.

Leading a 1-2-3 Columbia sweep in the 100 breaststroke was Jae Park who hit the wall in a winning time of 56.04. Eric Tong placed second at 56.19, followed by Jack Smith in 56.92. Zach Pear edged teammate Shane Brett (1:51.82) to win the 200 butterfly at 1:50.70. The fastest event of the afternoon belonged to Kevin Frifeldt who picked up the first-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 20:34. Hank Gullick earned a runner-up finish in the event at 20.91.

Park added his second victory of the day in the 200 backstroke with a top-time of 1:50.98, following win by first-year Albert Gwo in the 100 freestyle at 44.74. Joseph Lozano reached out to touch the wall first in the 200 breaststroke at 2:05.28 and Jack Scanolo earned hist first victory in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:36.00.

Closing the afternoon in the final individual event was Shan Brett delivering the top time in the 200 I.M. at 1:54.06, edging teammate Cole Stevens at 1:55.36. The squad of Kevin DangZach PearJoe Skimmons and Erek Cox combined for a runner-up time of 3:07.96 in the 400 free relay to cap the day.

Up next, the Lions return to Uris Pool tomorrow to host Penn at 1 pm in their Ivy League opener.


The Columbia men’s swimming & diving team capped opening weekend with an impressive 198-102 Ivy League victory over Penn Saturday, Nov. 4 at Uris Pool. The Lions took down the Quakers for their second win in as many days and pushes their unbeaten streak at home to six, dating back to an 4-0 campaign last season.

For the second consecutive meet, first-year Jonathan Suckow set a new program record in the three-meter dive to earn another victory. With a winning total score of 425.03, Suckow bested his previous record of 420.83 set in his first ever collegiate meet against Army yesterday. He also added his first Ivy League sweep with a win in the one-meter dive with a top score of 372.98.

Veteran diver Jayden Pantel posted runner-up finishes in both events, including a score of 388.58 in the three-meter dive and 353.54 in the one-meter dive. Pantel passes the baton to teammate Suckow in his first ever Ivy League second-place finish in the three-meter dive.

The tandem of Cole StevensJae ParkKevin Frifeldt and Albert Gwo clocked in for a first-place time of 1:29.40 in the 200 medley relay to ignite the Lions in the pool. Nian-guo Liu gave the Lions their first individual win of the meet with a top time of 1:37.26 in the 200 freestyle. He also added winning points in the 500 freestyle, clocking in with at 4:30.33.

Michal Zyla led the charge in both the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 49.53 (100 back) and 1:47.54 (200 back), followed by Cole Stevens in second place at 50.18 (100 back) and 1:50.66 (200 back).

Columbia swept the podium in the 100 breaststroke, spearheaded by Eric Tong hitting the wall first at 55.93, followed by Jae Park at 55.96 and Jack Smith at 56.69. Albert Gwo was great in the 50 and 100 freestyle with winning times of 20.28 and 45.03 for victories in the fastest events of the day.

Jae Park joined the win column with his performance in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:01.49 and followed it up with a triumph in the 200 I.M. in 1:50.46. The Lions capped the win with a first-place finish in the 400 free relay as the squad of Frifeldt, Liu, Gullick and Gwo combined for a time of 3:01.43.

Up next, the Lions will return to Uris Pool on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. to take on Yale.

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