NEW YORK – In only her second collegiate meet, first-year Gabrielle Toback swam for three wins on Friday, Nov. 15 to lift the Columbia women’s swimming and diving team to a 185 - 115 home victory over Yale. The Lions move to 2-0 in the Ivy League with the win after a dominating performance.
Columbia’s 200 medley relay squad started the Lions in the winning direction on Friday. First-years Toback, Jennifer Shahar, Trudi Patrick and Tiffany Warmuth combined for a time of 1:42.31 to take the event. Columbia also grabbed points behind the quartet of Lily Morris, Mikaila Gaffey , Michi Aisawa and Maggie D’arcy, who finished second in the 200 medley relay.
Toback had a stellar day setting a Uris Pool and program record in the 100 backstroke. With a time of 54.52, the New York native broke the previous record of 54.54 set in last week’s meet by Harvard’s Danielle Lee. The first-year led a 1-2-3 sweep in the event with Alena Kluge in second place at 55.48, and Grace Senko in third at 57.41.
Toback went on to score her third win of the meet in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.96, leading yet another Columbia sweep. Daniela Rueda placed second with a time of 2:01.63 and Grace Senko came in third at 2:02.95.
Senior Alena Kluge led an overpowering Columbia performance in the 200 breaststroke, with a first-place time of 2:20.09 for her first of two wins on the day. Kristine Ng was runner-up with a time of 2:20.51 and Frick was in third place with a time of 2:22.07. Kluge returned for a win in the 400 IM with a first-place time of 4:19.77.
The Lions dominated the Bulldogs posting a 1-2-3 punch in the 100 breaststroke behind a first-place finish by Shahar with a time of 1:02.52. Frick took second place with a time of 1:04.17 and Gaffey followed in third place at 1:04.75.
Warmuth went on to earn a victory in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.44 on the day and Christina Ray added a win in the 50 freestyle for the Lions, hitting the wall at 23.85. Patrick was another young impressive Columbia talent at Uris Pool Friday, taking a victory in the 100 butterfly with a time 55.29.
On the boards, Yale posted a record-setting day at Uris Pool. Lilybet MacRae led the way with pool records in both the 3m and 1m dives. She took first place in the 3m event with a pool record total of 319.73 points, beating the previous record of 315.52. MacRae also won the 1m event with a tally of 316.20 points to beat the previous record of 300.07 set in 2002 by Columbia’s Teresa Herrmann.
Alyssa Menz grabbed a runner-up finish in both the 3m and 1m events for the Lions. She lead the way with 282.60 points in the 3m dive, followed by Kathleen Furr in third place with 268.43 points. In the 1m, Menz posted a score of 271.05 to add points for Columbia.
The Lions will return to Uris Pool in less than 24 hours to host Penn tomorrow at 1 p.m.