Men’s and women’s swimming and diving both fell to Yale this past weekend in their second meet of the Ivy League season.
The women’s team entered the meet after winning its Ivy League opener against Penn 171-129. This marked Columbia’s first victory against the Quakers since 2013.
The Lions picked up a second win the following day against Northeastern at home. The meet was close, with the Lions trailing the Huskies into the two final events. Columbia, however, edged out Northeastern and picked up a 156-144 victory.
Despite the strong 2-0 start to the season, the women (2-1, 1-1 Ivy) faced a difficult matchup against Yale (3-0, 2-0 Ivy) and lost 90-205.
Yale took first place in every swimming event of the meet and finished one-two, if not one-two-three, in nearly every single event. Nevertheless, Columbia delivered a few key performances, namely in the 100-yard breaststroke, where junior Helen Wojdylo and senior Jessica Antiles took second and third place, respectively.
Columbia’s most successful showings, however, came from first-year diver Briget Rosendahl.
In addition to coming in first in the three-meter dive and defeating reigning Ivy champion, Yale diver Nikki Watters, Rosendahl earned NCAA qualifying scores in both the 3-meter and 1-meter dives.
Rosendahl’s success against Yale came on the heels of a dominant diving performance from the first-year in the team’s season-opener against Penn, in which Rosendahl won both the 1- and 3-meter dive.
The meet ended with Yale swimming the final two events as exhibition swims, meaning swimmers competed for time only, not picking up any points despite recording the fastest times in the events.
Men’s swimming and diving (1-2, 0-2 Ivy) fared better, losing to Yale (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) in a competitive 132-168 matchup.
As it had for the women, diving proved a strong point for the male Lions. Sophomore diver Jonathan Suckow won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, with scores of 388.42 and 404.10, respectively.
Like Rosendahl, Suckow was also coming off a successful previous weekend of diving, having broken the pool records for both the one and three-meter dives in Philadelphia against Penn.
Men’s swimming kept the meet close, with the Lions losing three events to Yale by a mere tenth of a second or less, but ultimately it was not enough. Junior swimmer Nian-Guo Liu swam a particularly good meet, winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38:98. Liu also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle and swam in both the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays, in which the Lions placed first and second, respectively.
Senior swimmer Brian Tsau also recorded an individual win in the 500-yard freestyle, edging out Yale’s Liam Bogart by less than a second with a time of 4:34:41. Earlier in the meet, Tsau clocked a second place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle.
Despite the closer loss to Yale, men’s swimming and diving has had a decidedly more difficult start to their season compared to the women. While the team was able to beat Army in a non-conference matchup 160-140, Columbia lost to Penn in its Ivy season-opener 128-172.
Both men’s and women’s swimming and diving will have their third Ivy League meet of the season next week against Harvard.
The meets in Cambridge are set for 12 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men on Friday, Nov. 16.