Women's Swimming & Diving Rolls Brown On The Road
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Highlighted by three individual wins from senior Alena Kluge and a record setting performance by Trudi Patrick, the Columbia women's swimming and diving team captured its fifth straight win of the season with a 185-113 victory at Brown on Saturday Jan. 25. The Lions won 11 of 16 events to take down the Bears and remain unbeaten in the Ivy League at 5-0.
Kluge had a strong day on the road beginning with a win in the 200 free. The senior finished with a time of 1:50.02 to lead the Lions dominance in the event. Tiffany Warmuth came in second-place at 1:51.82 and Sidney Drill followed in third place at 1:52.10.
Kluge went on to win the 200 breast with an Ivy league best time of 2:16.02 and also led another 1-2-3 sweep in the 400 IM with a winning time of 4:16.80. Mallory McKeon finished as the runner-up at 4:29.17 and Celia Frick took third place at 4:30.44.
In the 200 fly, Trudi Patrick was phenomanal in the win. The first-year set a new program record with a time of 1:59.91.The New York native bested the previous record time of 2:00.43 held since 2001 by Lucy Eccleston.
The Lions began the day with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Gabrielle Toback, Jennifer Shahar, Christina Ray and Mikala Gaffey combined for a first-place time of 1:41.93. Three of these swimmers also went on to capture individual wins on the day.
Toback added another 100 back win to her Ivy League dominance in the event, clocking in with a time of 55.34. In the 200 back, Huang posted a victory with a time of 1:59.70 and Ray took the 100 fly with a time of 54.85.
Columbia had a big charge in the 1650 free as Daniela Rueda grabbed first place with a time of 16:52.58, Corrinna Bertlesen took second-place at 16:52.90 and McKeon took third place at 16:59.45. Warmuth added a win in the 500 free at 4:58.46 and Katie Furr was impressive in the 3-meter dive with a top tally of 261.90.
The Lions 5-0 will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 7 as they hit the road to face Princeton at 1 p.m.