Cambridge, Mass. – The Columbia women's swimming & diving team hit the pool for the first time in 2017 on Tuesday, Jan.3 at unbeaten Harvard. Despite a 173-122 defeat, Columbia posted several top performances throughout the day.
For the second-consecutive conference meet Shahar captures the 100 breaststroke crown behind a time of 1:04.96. Wojdylo also placed third in the event with a time of 1:06.38. The Lions dominated the breaststroke events as Nicole Papsco hit the wall in a winning time of 2:23.34 in the 200 breaststroke, followed by Aileen Lee in third place at 2:25.64.
Samson was sensational in the 200 backstroke with a first-place performance in a time of 2:04.64, edging teammate Lisa Zhang who clocked in at 2:04.82. Samson returned in the 100 back to deliver a runner-up performance in a time of 57.73.
Jessica Antiles posted the fastest time of the afternoon in the 400 I.M. with a time of 4:24.66. While Mary Ashby added a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle at 52.48, along with a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle at 24.07. Trudi Patrick also clocked in with a third-place time of 57.46 in the 100 butterfly. The squad of Ashby, Alice Boutant, Kathleen O'Rourke and Jennifer Shahar capped the afternoon with the second-fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:36.11.
On the boards, Brooke Bernardin led the way for the Lions in the three-meter dive with the fourth-best overall score of 290.85, followed by Kim Yang in fifth place with 276.45. Chole Hacker added points with sixth-place finish in the one-meter dive with a total of 258.00.
Up next, the Lions (1-4) will continue Ivy League play on the road at Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 12 p.m.