Swimming & Diving Falls at Harvard – Columbia University Athletics


Women’s Swimming and Diving
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Columbia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams received some strong individual performances but came up short against Harvard Friday afternoon. The women’s team fell, 191-106, while the men had a bit of a closer call, dropping a 168-132 decision to the Crimson. 

Senior Jonathan Suckow continues to be a star for the Lions’ diving team, setting a pool record with his score in the 3-meter. Adam Wu won three more events and Demirkan Demir picked up a pair of individual wins.

On the women’s side, Aziza Ganihanova (1,000 freestyle) and Karen Liu (100 breaststroke) earned first place finishes.

One of the high points for the Lions came during the men’s 1,000 freestyle, with Wu staying with the Crimson and taking the lead about midway through the race. Wu only seemed to swim stronger as the race went on, building his lead and finishing in 9:14.46, the best time in the Ivy League this season.

Ganihanova shined in the next race to give Columbia another first-place finish in 1,000 free, touching the wall in 10:15.12. She stayed neck-and-neck with Harvard until the 22nd leg, making her move and finishing four seconds ahead of second place.

As previously mentioned, Suckow soared high to a pool record in the 3-meter, scoring 435.45. The Lion also placed first in the 1-meter, diving to earn 382.43, outscoring second place by over 30 points.

Demir’s first win came in the 100 breast, clocking in at 54.98. Just behind him was teammate Matthew Lou (55.17). He concluded the day with a triumph in the 200 breast (1:59.89).

The next victory came from Liu in the 100 breast, after posting a time of 1:03.16 for her fifth win of the season.

Wu came through yet again in the 200 butterfly (1:46.72) to highlight an all-Columbia top-three finish. Fellow Lions Caleb Apodaca (1:49.28) and Ray Yang (1:50.32) rounded out the event.

Emily MacDonald had strong performances in the 50 (23.66) and 100 freestyle (50.93), gaining second place in both races.

To cap off Wu’s winning day, he registered a 4:27.29 in the 500 free to remain undefeated on the season.

The women had their best showing in the 200 IM, recording the top-four finishes. Sophomore Allison Martin pulled in first (2:07.03), followed by Georgia Young (2:08.07), Thea Leimone (2:10.80) and Allegra Walker (2:15.18)

ON DECK – The Columbia men will remain on the road to attend the Princeton Invite during the weekend of December 2-4. The Lions’ women are set to compete at the ECAC Winter Championships during the same weekend.

KEEPING UP WITH THE LIONS – For the latest Columbia men’s swimming and diving program, follow @CULionsMSD, @CULionsWSD and @CULionsDiving on Instagram and Twitter, and on the web at GoColumbiaLions.com.

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