Providence, R.I. – Sophomore Mary Ashby continued her impressive showing on the final day of the Ivy League Championships on Saturday, Feb. 18 with another podium finish in the 100 freestyle. Ashby clocked in with a fourth-place finish time of 49.72 (NCAA ‘B’), just tenths of a second near the program record time of 49.63.
Likewise, first-year Julia Samson came near the program 200 backstroke record time of 1:58.25 in the bonus finals with a 10th-place time of 1:58.42 (NCAA ‘B’). Helen Wojdylo hit the wall first in the ‘B’ finals of the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:16.73.
The 400 freestyle relay squad of Ashby, Alice Boutant, Kathleen O’Rourke and Jennifer Shahar nearly tied the program record time of 3:21.73 with a fifth-place time of 3:21.74. Kim Yang's meet high in the three-meter dive was 230.30 and grabbed 16th-place overall finish.
With 683.5 total points, Columbia finished in sixth place. Yale grabbed the crown with a winning total of 1681 points, followed by Harvard (1590.5) and Princeton (1024).
DAY TWO HIGHLIGHTS
Columbia put together a number of impressive performances in its return for the second day of action at the Ivy League Championships on Thursday, Feb. 16. The Lions capped the night with a trio of top-five finishes led by Jessica Antiles and Mary Ashby.
Jessica Antiles bested a prelims time of 2:01.07 in the 200 I.M. with a finals mark of 2:00.71 for a fifth-place finish. Julia Samson and Emily Clifford also tallied points for the Lions in the event with finishes in the ‘C’ finals.
A spectacular performance by Mary Ashby followed in the 50 freestyle in school-record fashion. Ashby clocked in with a new program record and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 22.80 for fourth place. The sophomore bested the previous record time of 22.82 set by Olympian Katie Meili in 2011. Alice Boutant and Kathleen O’Rourke both earned spots in the ‘B’ finals of the event and Jennifer Shahar hit the wall first in the ‘C’ finals in 23.23.
En route to a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, the squad of Ashby, Boutant, Kathleen O’Rourke and Shahar combined for program-record time of 1:31.60. The foursome bested the previous record time of 1:31.94 set in 2013.
Kimberly Yang led the Lions on the board with a 13th-place mark in the one-meter dive behind a prelims tally of 233.85 and a finals score of 231.30.
As a team, the Lions sit in fiftth place with a total of 270.5 points. Harvard currently leads all teams with 560.5, followed by Yale with 555 points, Princeton with 323 points, and Brown with 288 points.
DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS
The 2017 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships began with its opening pair of relay events for day one of competition on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The Lions hit Katherine Moran Aquatics Center at Brown University along with the entire Ancient Eight to battle in the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.
The squad of Julia Samson, Jennifer Shahar, Trudi Patrick and Alice Boutant combined for season-best time of 1:40.72 for fifth place overall in the 200 medley relay. The team of Mary Ashby, Alice Boutant, Jessica Antiles and Kathleen O'Rourke followed with another fifth-place performance in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:18.84.