Women's Swimming & Diving Defeats Dartmouth in Regular Season Finale
HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Katie Meili won three individual events, which included two pool records to lead the Columbia women's swimming and diving team to a 182-116 victory at Dartmouth on Sunday, Feb. 10. The win caps a six dual-meet win streak to complete the regular season and improves the Lions to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League. The win puts Columbia in a three-way tie for second place with Yale and Princeton in the regular season standings.
Columbia opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in a Dartmouth pool-record time of 1:45.15. The quartet of Alena Kluge, Mikaila Gaffey, Christina Ray and Meili topped the previous pool record by more than a second, while Columbia's B team of Lexi Riggs, Kristina Parsons, Caroline Lukins and Jennifer Xu placed second in 1:47.49.
The first individual win of the meet for the Lions went to Salena Huang, who claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:52.01. She led a 1-2-3 finish in the event with Alena Kluge in second place at 1:52.78 and Ritty Zhai in third place at 1:54.28.
Meili earned her first individual win of the day in the 100 breaststroke at 1:04.45. Kristine Ng finished second in 1:07.00. Meili went on to capture the 100 freestyle in 51.29 and the 500 freestyle in a personal-best and pool record time of 4:56.50.
A big day for Aileen Smith began with a win in the 200 butterfly, leading another Columbia 1-2-3 sweep with a personal-best time of 2:05.70. Senior Kristina Parsons took second place with a time of 2:06.00, and Christina Ray grabbed third place in a time of 2:06.86. Smith also posted a victory in the 200 IM with another personal-best time of 2:07.39, while Mallory Mckeon finished second in 2:09.99. Mckeon went on to win the 200 breaststroke in a personal-best 2:22.93.
First-years Daniela Rueda and Ray added wins for the Lions in the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Rueda claimed the 200 back with a personal-best time of 2:02.93. Ray led yet another 1-2-3 sweep on the day in the 100 fly with a pool record time of 54.90. Lisa Zhang followed in second in 57.23 and Ritty Zhai finished strong in third place at 58.68.
On the boards, Kristin Hehir finished second in the one meter dive with 269.17 points and Kathleen Furr also posted a runner-up finish in the three-meter dive with 275 points.
Columbia capped the meet with its fourth pool record of the meet in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Meili, Xu, Kluge and Ray combined for a new record time of 3:27.71.
The Lions finished the regular season setting 20 pool records on its way to a 6-2, 5-2 record. The team will look to carry the momentum of six consecutive wins into the 2013 Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. on Thursday, Feb. 28 - Saturday, March 2.