Men’s swimming and diving lost to undefeated Princeton in the team’s last competition of 2017. The Lions have faced a tough schedule thus far in the season and will look to improve their record when they resume competition in mid-January.
The Light Blue (3-2, 2-2 Ivy) started out strong with a first- and second-place finish from first-year diver Jonathan Suckow and senior diver Jayden Pantel with scores of 398.45 and 360.75, respectively. The Lions also took home the gold in the 200-meter medley relay after sophomore Cole Stevens, senior Jace Ng, senior Kevin Frifeldt, and first-year Albert Gwo clocked in at 1:29:22.
Sophomore Nian-Guo Liu kept the Lions in it by sweeping the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:38:13, finishing almost a full two seconds in front of the second-place finisher, but the tide of the meet quickly turned in Princeton’s favor.
Liu also won the 100-meter freestyle with a 44.60 and Gwo came in second with a 45.24, but the Light Blue continued to struggle in both butterfly events. Meanwhile, Ng, who has grown accustomed to gold-medal finishes in the 100-meter breaststroke, finished fourth.
Only winning seven of 16 events, the Lions quickly fell behind the Tigers (6-2, 5-0 Ivy) and could not regain their lead.
Princeton kept its hopes for an undefeated season alive and finished off the meet by winning the 400-meter freestyle relay.
The Lions will return to action for a two-meet weekend beginning at Uris Pool against Cornell on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. and culminating in Lewisburg with a meet against Bucknell at 1 p.m. on the following day.