NEW YORK – On Friday, Jan. 20, the Columbia women’s swimming & diving hosted Brown in its in its final home meet of the season. In a meet that went back-and-forth, including six lead changes, the Bears edged the Lions 152-148.
Columbia opened the day with a victory on the boards by Brooke Bernardin in the three-meter dive. The junior posted a top score of 278.25 to lead all divers and earn her first Ivy League 3M-dive win this season.
Cristina Frias delivered the Lions inaugural pool win of the meet in the 200 freestyle with a first-place time 1:52.27. Edging teammate Arianna Noya who clocked in with a runner-up time of 1:52.43. After a second-place finish by Julia Samson in the 100 backstroke at 57.30, senior Jennifer Shahar with the crown in her final 100 breaststroke race in Uris Pool behind a time of 1:04.07.
Second and third place Columbia finishes in the 50 freestyle by Kathleen O’Rourke (24.04) and Mary Ashby (24.05) kept the score tight through the top half of events with Brown holding a slight lead at 76-74.
Kim Yang put the Lions back in front with a one-meter dive victory behind a tally of 252 points. She finished just ahead of Bernardin who earned a runner-up score of 249.75. Ashby hit the wall first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.64, giving the sophomore her second Ivy League win in the event this season.
In the 200 breaststroke, Aileen Lee emerged victorious with a time of 2:20.79. The Lions saw a strong pair of top-three finishes by Jessica Antiles and Arinna Noya in the 500 freestyle with Antiles in second-place at 4:59.70 and Noya in third place at 5:04.00.
A 1-2-3 sweep by the Bears in the 100 butterfly put them in front 139-125 headed into the final two events of the evening. Jessica Antiles was spectacular in the 200 I.M. winning the event in a time of 2:03.93 for the Lions and Columbia capped the meet with a 400 freestyle relay win in record time. The squad of Ashby, Alice Boutant, Kathleen O’Rourke and Shahar clocked in with a Uris pool record time of 3:22.63.
Prior to the action Columbia honored its five seniors, including Emily Clifford, Trudi Patrick, Jennifer Shahar, Celia Frick and Molly Zebker.
Up next, the Lions will trek to Hanover, New Hampshire on Friday, Feb. 3 to take on Dartmouth at 5 p.m. for their dual-meet season finale.