Princeton Men Edge Out Columbia, 153-147

PRINCETON, New Jersey, January 14. AFTER losing tight league matches to both Cornell and Navy, the Princeton men's swimming and diving team finally celebrated a close victory Saturday afternoon. At the same pool it won the 2006 EISL title, Princeton defeated Columbia 153-147 to improve to 5-4 on the year. Depth was again the key, as both teams earned a fair amount of wins during the meet.

Stuart Malcolm and Michael Papageorge went 1-2 in the 3-meter diving competition to open the meet. Malcolm, in the midst of a terrific junior season, won the event with 344.18 points.

After Columbia took the 200 medley relay, sophomore Robert Griest won the 1000 free in a time of 9:19.83. Will Schaffer pushed Princeton to 3-for-3 in individual events by winning the 200 free in 1:42.28, and Mike Zee followed by winning the 100 back in 51.08. Columbia got back into the meet with four straight wins, a streak ended by Tim Ruse in the 200 back (1:52.40).

Griest won the 500 free in 4:36.31 for his second win of the day, and Ruse added a second win with a time of 1:52.95 in the 200 IM. In between the two was a win for Doug Lennox in the 100 fly (49.43). That allowed the Tigers to claim victory with at least a third-place finish in the 200 free relay. With both teams sending three squads, only one Princeton team needed to place, and its 'A' team of Michael Baity, Mike Zee, Jon Hartmann and Lennox got the job done, placing second in 1:24.50.

All times and results can be found by clicking on the link above.

Princeton is now off for exams but will return Sunday, Jan. 28, to compete against Dartmouth.