NEW YORK – Coming off a historical victory over Harvard in its 2013-14 season opener, the Columbia women’s swimming and diving team will look to remain unbeaten with a pair of home meets this weekend in Uris Pool. The Lions are set to face Yale on Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. meet against Penn on Saturday, November 16.
This Friday night is Student Rewards Night in Uris Pool. The first 50 fans who attend the meet vs. Yale on Friday at 5 p.m. will receive a free student rewards t-shirt.
The Lions jumped into the season with a splash on Saturday, Nov. 9, defeating Harvard for the first time in program history at Uris Pool. In an exciting season home opener, despite five pool records by the Crimson, the Lions grinded out a victory over the defending two-time Ivy League champions, 163.5 – 136.5.
With the victory, the Lions earned an impressive No. 20 national ranking by collegeswimming.com.
“This is an extremely exciting moment for the program,” said Columbia head coach Diana Caskey. “A lot of the credit goes to the senior leadership that has made the whole team accountable.”
Following a convincing season-opening victory over Southern Connecticut State (204-77), the Bulldogs (1-0) are set to kick off the Ivy League portion of their schedule against Columbia on Friday at 5 p.m. in Uris Pool.
Columbia will look to bounce back from last year’s loss to Yale, when the Bulldogs edged the Lions by a score of 158-142.
The Quakers (1-0) opened the season with a 172.5-127.5 win over Connecticut on Saturday in Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, earning first place finishes in 10 events.
Columbia will look to repeat last year’s success after defeating the Quakers 159-140 in Philadelphia.
Student Rewards – Get Your Free T-shirt!
This Friday night is Student Rewards Night for women's swimming and diving. The first 50 fans who attend the meet vs. Yale at Uris Pool on Friday at 5 p.m. will receive a FREE student rewards t-shirt.
Columbia students, did you know you can win incredible prizes by attending featured games throughout the year? A list of prizes can be found at gocolumbialions.com/studentrewards.
The 2013-14 Lions
With 20 student-athletes returning and 12 talented newcomers, the 2013-14 Lions are set to make a splash among the best in the league this season. Columbia graduated five student-athletes last year, including three-time first team All-American and holder of four Ivy League records, Katie Meili. Throughout her standout career, Meili set personal best times in every event in each discipline and captured back-to-back Swimmer of the Meet honors at the Ivy League Championships.
The Lions welcome back experience in senior Alena Kluge and junior Salena Huang, who both earned All-Ivy League accolades a season ago. Kluge had a stellar junior campaign, winning the 400 IM at the Ivy League Championships, while also setting school records in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. Kluge and Meili teamed with Kristina Parsons ’13CC and Huang to win the 400 medley relay at the conference championship, setting a new program and Ivy League record by four seconds in the process.
Last year, Columbia tallied 37 points to finish 21st at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in program history since a No. 20 finish in the 1998 championships. A stellar year for the Lions saw Columbia capture third place in the Ivy League Championships with the highest point total in school history at 1132. The Lions posted a 6-2 dual meet regular season record, earning a team-record six-straight dual meet wins. Columbia topped off the year setting a combined 24 pool records at Princeton, Rutgers, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth and Columbia's Uris Pool.
In postseason competition, Columbia finished third at the Ivy League Championships, scoring more points at a conference championship than ever before as the Lions set program-best times in 48 out of 51 events.
The highlight of the dual season came when Columbia defeated Princeton for the second consecutive season. The Lions finished the season ranked sixth in the final Mid-Major poll, the top mark in program history, setting school records in 10 events in addition to four Ivy League records.
Follow the Lions
Fans can catch the action against Harvard on Saturday via a LIVE BLOG or by following along on Twitter @GoColumbiaLions and @ColumbiaU_SwimW.