NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s swimming & diving capped the 2016-17 dual-meet season with a dominating victory at Dartmouth on Friday, Feb.3. The Lions won 13 of 16 events, including a pool record triumph in the 200 freestyle relay, to defeat the Big Green 178-112.
The squad of Julia Samson, Jennifer Shahar, Trudi Patrick and Alice Boutant combined for a winning time of 1:44.68 in the 200 medley relay for the first Columbia victory of the afternoon. After a pair of top-three finishes in the 1000 freestyle by Kelsey Ables (2nd - 10:39.32) and Clare MacNamara (3rd – 10:41.20), Emily Clifford captured a victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:55.59.
Samson returned in the 100 backstroke to lead a Columbia 1-2 punch with a first-place time of 55.59 followed by Cristina Frias with a runner-up time of 57.28. The Lions dominated the 100 breaststroke with 1-2-3 finishes behind a first-place tie by Helen Wojdylo and Scottie Berridge at 1:06.46 and Jennifer Shahar in third place at 1:06.68.
The 200 fly and 50 freestyle also saw Columbia sweeps. The 200 fly was led by senior Trudi Patrick with a time of 2:04.31, Molly Zebker in second at 2:07.48 and Maureen Rakovec in third at 2:08.50. Mary Ashby hit the wall first in the 50 free in 24.35, slightly ahead of Elisa Fang in 24.36 and Alice Boutant in 24.59.
Seven consecutive victories followed for the Lions to cap the evening. Jessica Antiles took the crown in the 100 freestyle in 51.99, edging teammate Audrey Ritcher in 53.33. Ashby captured her second victory of the meet in the 200 backstroke in 2:01.89, ahead of Kathleen O'Rourke who clocked in at 2:05.83.
Scottie Berridge (2:26.02) outstretched Wojdylo (2:27.01) in the 200 breaststroke, while Cristina Frias (5:05.94) powered ahead for a distance win in the 500 freestyle in front of Maureen Rakovec (5:08.45), followed by Molly Zebker (57.91) taking the win in the 100 fly as Elisa Fang (58.07) placed runner up in the event.
The final individual event went to Jessica Antiles, her second triumph of the evening, with a 100 I.M. top-time of 57.96 with Emily Clifford in a close second at 59.91. In a new Dartmouth Pool record time of 1:36.00, the squad of Ashby, Boutant, O’Rourke and Shahar capped the meet with 200 freestyle relay win.
On the boards, Kim Yang led Columbia in the 3m-dive with a runner-up score of 246.07. Chole Hacker also put together a third-place showing in the 1m-dive with a score of 240.89.
Up next, the Lions will gear for the Ivy League Championships set to begin on Wednesday, Feb.15 - Saturday, Feb.18 in Providence, R.I.