Three Pool Records Highlight Victory At Cornell
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars


ITHACA, N.Y. - Seniors Caroline Lukins, Katie Meili and Kristina Parsons each broke pool records to help the Columbia women's swimming and diving team to a 178-115 victory at Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 19. The win marks the third straight win for Columbia as it improves to 3-2 on the season, 2-2 in the Ivy League.

The Lions set three Teagle pool records on the day with the first going to Lukins in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.92. She broke Harvard's Ana Anya time of 2:01.97 to win the event. Meili added another pool record win in the 100 breaststroke with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:02.44, breaking the previous time of 1:03.94. Parsons joined her senior classmates with a pool record performance in the 100 butterfly at 55.02. She clocked in just .02 seconds ahead of Meili in the event who also hit the wall ahead of the previous record time of 56.33. Meili's time of 55.04 was a personal best for the captain.

The afternoon started with the diving events and Alyssa Menz took the one-meter dive, tallying 257.10 points. The swimming session of the meet began with a Columbia win in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Lexi Riggs, Makaila Gaffey, Christina Ray and Alena Kluge combined for a time of 1:46.10.

First-year Daniela Rueda took the first individual event of the session when she won the 1000 freestyle in 10:312.04.  Aileen Smith led a dominate Columbia performance in the 200 freestyle with a win at 1:52.78. The Lions placed the top three finishers in the 200 free with Salena Huang in second place at 1:53.91 and Parsons in third place at 1:55.46.

Jennifer Xu won the 50 freestyle in 24.56, while first-year Christina Ray took the 100 freestyle in a personal best time of 52.85. Juniors Grace Senko and Corinna Bertelsen both captured wins on the day, with Senko taking the 200 backstroke in 2:03.71 and Bertelsen taking the 500 free in a persrtonal best 5:00.85. In both events the Lions posted 1-2-3 sweeps to add to a strong day in the water.

Up next, the Lions return to Uris Pool for the homecoming dual meet against Ivy League rival Brown on Saturday, Jan. 26 at noon.