Cambridge, Mass. - The Columbia women's swimming & diving team began their weekend stretch of competition in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, November 16 to take on Harvard. Several Lions put up impressive performances, but the Crimson defeated Columbia 187-113.
The Lions got their first individual win as senior Katie Meili took first in the 100 breaststroke, beating out Harvard's Mackenzie Luik by 1.51 seconds, with a time of 1:02.48. For the second straight dual meet Meili went on to pick up three wins. In the 100 freestyle, she won in a time of 50.22, and grabbed her third win in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.24 winning by 1.39 seconds.
Senior Kristina Parsons also picked up an individual win in the 100 butterfly behind a personal-best time of 55.00. Sophomore Alyssa Menz was impressive for Columbia, taking first in the one-meter diving event tallying a score of 262.12. The Lions took the top three spots in the event with senior Kristin Hehir placing second with 255.68, and junior Kathleen Furr in third with 245.55.
In the 200 medley and 400 free relays, Columbia grabbed a pair of runner-up finishes. The quartet of junior Alena Kluge, sophomore Mikaila Gaffey, first-year Christina Ray, and Meili combined for a time of 1:42.94 in the 200 medley relay. The squad of Parsons, sophomore Salena Huang, first-year Jennifer Xu, and Gaffey picked up second-place points in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:30.58.
The Lions drop to 0-2 on the season, but will continue the weekend at the Rutgers University-hosted Frank Elm Invitational on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. Columbia will face 11 teams at the RU Aquatics Center with preliminaries set for a 10 a.m. start, followed by finals at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Diving will start at approximately 11 a.m. each day.