NEW YORK – Uris pool was full of excitement on Sunday, Jan. 14 as the Columbia women’s swimming & diving team defeated Ivy League foe Cornell 171-129. The Lions were sensational in a homecoming win that saw standout performances in nearly every event.
Kim Yang lead a strong Columbia performances in the three-meter dive with a first-place score of 262.05. Brooke Bernardin added a third-place finish with a tally of 247.88. Bernardin returned in the one-meter dive for her first victory of the season at 239.55, trading places with Yang who took third at 230.77.
A 1-2 punch in the 200 medley relay ignited the Lions sensational early start. The squad of Julia Samson, Jessica Antiles, Susie Shu and Kathleen O’Rourke combined for a winning time of 1:43.85, followed by the runner-up tandem of Jamie Lee, Eva Crouse, Emily Wang and Jessica He in 1:45.76.
Columbia collected strong points in the 200 freestyle from Susie Zhu (1:50.73 – 2nd) and Mary Ashby (1:51.35 – 3rd), as well as the 100 backstoroke from Julia Samson (56.93 – 2nd), Jamie Lee (57.57 – 3rd) and Lisa Zhang (57.47 – 4th).
A victory in the 100 breaststroke by Eva Crouse in 1:04.67, Jessica He in the 200 butterfly in 2:03.15 and Kathleen O’Rourke in the 50 freestyle in 24.31 highlighted a streak of three-consecutive event crowns for the Lions.
Keeping the Lions in front as the Big Red battle back was Jessica He (52.77 – 2nd) in the 100 freestyle and Lisa Zhang (2:04.46 – 2nd) in the 200 backstroke.
Next, Columbia exploded in the 200 breaststroke as Nicoke Pasco led a 1-2-3 sweep with a first-place time of 2:21.27. Stefannie Ting placed runner-up with a time of 2:23.31 and Helen Wojdylo hit the wall third in 2:23.70.
After another push by Cornell taking the 500 freestyle, the Lions Eva Crouse responded with her second victory of the afternoon in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.10, along with a runner-up finish from Susie Zhu in 56.91.
With a time of 2:05.01, Jessica Antiles added first-place points for Columbia with a win in the 200 I.M. Led by a pool record performance in the 100 freestyle by Mary Ashby (50.07), the Lions capped the afternoon with a 400 freestyle relay victory with Zhu, O’Rourke and He.
Up next, the Lions head to Brown on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 12 p.m.