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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Women's Swimming & Diving Begins Busy Weekend At Harvard

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 11/15/2012
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NEW YORK - On Friday, November 16, the Columbia women's swimming and diving team will begin a weekend of competition in Cambridge, Mass. for their second road dual meet of the season.  The Lions will take on the Harvard Crimson at 3 p.m.

Last week, the Lions were narrowly edged by Yale in the season opener. Despite a 158-142 loss, Columbia posted strong opening performances including three wins by senior Katie Meili, who also set a new pool record.

Last Time Out

Meili garnered wins in the 200 IM (2:04.87), 200 breaststroke (2:18.04), and the 100 breaststroke where she set a Yale pool record hitting the wall at 1:02.36. Her winning 100-breast stroke time beat the previous record of 1:02.54, set by Princeton's Andrea Kropp in 2011. Kristine Ng and Kristin Hehir will also head into Blodgett Pool coming off wins, Ng in the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.79 and Hehir in the one-meter diving event with 290.5 points.

Scouting the Crimson

The Crimson are 2-0 to start the season following Ivy League wins over Cornell and Dartmouth in their season opening tri-meet. Eight Teagle Hall pool records were broken by Crimson swimmers and Harvard won 11 of the 16 events in the tri-meet.

Last Dual Meeting

The Lions' only dual meet loss last season was to the Crimson, 157-143, the closest contest ever between the programs. Columbia swam one of their best meets of the year, setting four Uris Pool records, including records in the 100 breast, 100 back, the 200 medley relay, and the 400 free relay.

Up Next

Following the Ivy League matchup at Harvard on Friday, Columbia will continue the weekend on the blocks at the Rutgers University-hosted Frank Elm Invitational on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. The Lions will face 11 teams at the RU Aquatics Center with preliminaries set for a 10 a.m. start, followed by finals at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Diving will start at approximately 11 a.m. each day

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