NEW YORK - The Columbia women's swimming team kicked off the 2012 calendar year with a win over Northeast Conference-leading Wagner. The Lions defeated the Seahawks 169-88, winning 12 of 15 events, and improving the team's overall record to 3-1 on the season.
Lion swimmers Mikaila Gaffey, Salena Huang, Emily LaVay, and Anne Steele posted an outstanding showing for the first-year class. LaVay placed first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.91. Gaffey took first place in the 50 yard backstroke with a time of 30.41, Huang took first in the 1650 yard freestyle with a time of 17:18.02, and with a time of 58.99, Steele placed first in the 100 yard butterfly.
Sophomores Grace Senko and Laney Kluge led the Lions with two first place finishes each. Senko took first in the 400 yard individual medley with a time of 4:35.12, and in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 59.41. Kluge posted a time of 1:08.86 in the 100 yard backstroke to take first place. The squad of Kluge, Gaffey, junior Katie Meili, and Huang also went on to take first in the 400 yard medley relay.
Juniors Lacey Harris-Coble, Caroline Lukins, Kristina Parsons also added to the strong team effort with first place finishes. With a time of 27.99, Lukins finished first in the 50 yard backstroke. Harris-Coble took first in the 50 yard freestyle, with a time of 24.71. Parsons finished with a time of 26.19 in the 50 yard butterfly to take the top spot. Senior Isabelle Vandenbroucke also took first in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54.88.
The Seahawks were led by first place finishes from first-year Morgan Stoner in the 200 yard individual medley, and the squad of Lynn Tay, Sam Sides, Tatum Colitz, and Sarah Mendez in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
The Lions will return to action for the annual Homecoming Meet, Saturday, Jan. 21 at Uris Pool, as they host the Big Red of Cornell.