NEW YORK - The Columbia women's swimming and diving team hosted a stellar homecoming meet on Saturday, Jan. 26, defeating Brown, 186-108. It was a record setting day at Uris Pool, as the Lions broke three pool records and took 12 of 16 events to improve to 4-2 on the season and 3-2 in the Ivy League.
The swimming events began with the 200 medley relay with the quartet of Katie Meili, Mikaila Gaffey, Christina Ray, and Lily Morris combining for a pool record time of 1:42.54. The relay squad finished nearly a second faster than the previous record time of 1:43.17 set in 2011. Meili went on to capture her first solo win of the meet in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.80, for the second pool record on the day. Her time broke the previous mark of 1:48.91 held by Yale's Alex Forrester since 2009. Caroline Lukins joined in on the record-breaking day with a win in the 200 butterfly with a new pool time of 2:01.30.
Juniors Alena Kluge, Corinna Bertelsen and senior Meili each tallied two individual wins on the day to lead the Lions. After a win in the 200 free, Meili claimed first place in the 50 freestyle in 23.36 seconds.
Kluge's first victory came in the 100 backstroke, hitting the wall at 56.50. She added her second in the 200 breastroke with a time of 2:20.80, leading a 1-2-3 sweep in the event. Gaffey finished just .07 seconds behind Kluge to take second place in in the 200 breast and Kristin Ng finished in third in 2:20.86. Gaffey also collected a win the 100 breaststroke in the meet with a time of 1:03.57.
Bertelsen had a solid day for the Lions, leading a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1000 freestyle event. She claimed first place with a personal best time of 10:08.54. In second place was Salena Huang at 10:12.95 and Aileen Smith grabbed third at 10:19.25. She took the 500 freestyle in similar fashion in 5:00.12 for another Columbia sweep. Sidney Drill finished as runner-up in 5:05.42 and Maggie D'arcy rounded out the top three at 5:06.62.
The Lions saw a dominating team performance in the 200 backstroke led by Lexi Riggs (2:03.42, first), Grace Senko (2:04.82, second), and Lily Morris (2:05.98, third). Columbia remains undefeated in Ivy League diving competion with wins from Kathleen Furr in the three-meter diving event with 277.27 points and Alyssa Menz in the one-meter diving event with 265.50 points.
Despite a pool record time of 1:35.78 in the 200 freestyle relay by Brown, Columbia came away with a 186-108 win.
Up next, the class of 2013 will compete in Uris Pool for the final time on Friday, Feb. 8 as they take on Princeton at 2 p.m.