AUSTIN, Texas - On Thursday, Nov. 29, several of Columbia's women swimmers began their first day of competition at the 2012 AT&T US Winter National Championships. Preliminaries kicked off at 10 a.m. and the Lions were geared to compete in three of the five events on the day.

The quartet of Salena Huang, Katie Meili, Alena Kluge, and Mikaila Gaffey swam in the first trails of the 200 Free relay combining for a time of 1:35.40. Huang went on to compete in the 500 Free and teamates Meili and Kluge took their marks in the 200 IM.

With a 9th place overall finish time of 1:58.23 in the 200 IM, Meili earned the top seed heading into the 'B' finals of the event. She returned in the 'B' finals finish with a runner-up time of 1:57.42, defeating swimmers from big conference schools including Arizona, Texas and UCLA. For the first time this season, Meili finished under 2:00 and now stands ninth in the nation in the 200 IM.

The 400 medley relay also saw a couple of phenomanal individual performances by the Lions. Kristina Parsons swam the fastest 100 fly split in school history at 54:01 with the 'A' squad and Lexi Riggs hit the wall with a personal best of 56.6 on the back leg with the  'B' squad. The squad of Kluge, Meili, Parsons and Huang combined for an 11th place time of 3:43.12.

The Lions return for day two of competition on Friday, Nov. 30 with preliminaries to start at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m. A live webcast will follow all events for the duration of competition.


Day One - Thursday, Nov. 29 Day Two - Friday, Nov. 30 Day Three - Saturday, Dec. 1

200 Free Relay

500 Free - Huang

200 IM - Meili, Kluge

50 Free

400 Medley Relay



200 Medley Relay

400 IM - Kluge

100 Fly - Ray, Lukins, Parsons, Zhai

200 Free - Huang

100 Breast - Meili, Gaffey

100 Back

800 Free Relay

1650 Free

200 Back - Kluge

100 Free - Huang, Meili

200 Breast - Meili

200 Fly - Lukins, Ng

400 Free Relay


Live results for the meet are available through the Active Network's Meet Mobile application available as a free download from either iTunes or Google Play. The app provides fans with the ability to view real-time results and splits, as well as heat sheets, final results, and team scores.