NEW YORK – The 2016 homestand came to a close on Friday, Nov. 10 as the Columbia women’s swimming & diving team hosted Yale in Uris Pool. The Lions posted several impressive performances throughout the afternoon, however the Bulldogs would come away with the 188 - 111 win.
Leading a Columbia 1-2 punch in the 100 backstroke was Julia Samson in a time of 56.24, earning her second conference win in the event, while first-year Jamie Lee clocked in a 56.97 for a runner-up finish. Samson returned to complete the sweep in the backstroke events by adding a 200 back victory with a time of 2:00.68.
First-year Jessica He hit the wall first in a comeback win in the 200 freestyle at 1:51.82 for her second-consecutive Ivy League crown in the event. Susie Zhu followed in third-place with a time of 1:52.83. Zhu later added third-place points in the 100 butterfly as well with a time of 56.88
Jessica Antiles was sensational in the 200 I.M. with a convincing win behind a time of 2:04.01. Antiles also tallied second-place points in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.47, along with Kathleen O’Rourke in the 50 freestyle at 24.17. Just a touch behind was Mary Ashby in third place at 24.24. Jessica He continued an impressive day with a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle at 51.75, followed by O’Rourke in third at 52.09. The 200 freestyle relay squad of Ashby, O’Rourke, Jordan Ashmore and He capped off the evening with a runne-up time of 1:35.32.
On the boards, Brooke Bernardin led the Lions with a pair of third-place finishes against some of the toughest divers in the Ivy League. Bernardin earned scores of 256.43 (3M dive) and 260.77 (1M Dive), followed by fourth-place tallies from Kim Yang with 255.08 (3M dive) and 253.87 (1m dive).
Up next, The Lions will compete in the three-day Frank Elm Invitational, hosted by Rutgers, on Friday, Nov. 17 -Sunday, Nov. 19.
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