The Columbia women's swimming and diving team suffered a 158-142 loss in the season opener on the road at Yale on Friday, Nov.9. Senior Katie Meili was the Lions top performer on the day, taking home three individual wins in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM.
In the 100 breast Meili stopped the clock in 1:02.36, giving her a two second victory and the first on the day for the Lions. She returned in the 200 breast in a repeat performance with the winning time of 2:18.04, coming in ahead of Corinna Bertelsen in second place at 2:24.94.
Meili finished the meet with a win in the 200 IM (2:04.87), leading a top three spot sweep in the event for Columbia. Laney Kluge took second hitting the wall at 2:06.04 and Bertelsen filled in the third place spot at 2:07.71. Also grabbing wins for the Lions, was Kristin Hehir in the 1m diving event tallying 290.85 and Kristine Ng in the 200 butterfly with a winning time of 2:04.79.
Columbia earned a handful of second-place finishes, beginning with Alyssa Menz (255.07) runner-up finish in the 3m diving event. The quartet of Meili, Mikaila Gaffey, Kristina Parsons, Lily Morris posted a time of 1:44.76 in the 200 medley relay for second. In the 50 free, it was Gaffey who earned a second-place finish with a time of 24.25, finishing ahead of Christina Ray who placed third in 24.37
Ray returned in the 100 fly to take second in 55.95 with Parsons close behind in third-place at 56.38. In the final event of the meet, the Lions took second in the 400 free relay behind the squad of Salena Huang, Jennifer Xu, Kluge, and Gaffey.
Up next the Lions will travel to Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard on Friday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.