PRINCETON, N.J. - The Columbia women's swimming and diving team kicked off the start of the 2013 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this morning in Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The Lions competed in four preliminary events, including the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle and the one-meter dive.
Katie Meili showed up big in the 200 IM preliminary, hitting the wall in a program, meet and Ivy League record time of 1:55.47. She broke her own record time of 1:56.73 set in last year's NCAA Championships. Alena Kluge also finished under the two-minute mark in the 200 IM preliminary with a career-best time of 1:59.20. A welcomed Lions battle for the title between two teammates looked to be the story heading into the finals.
Meili returned in the championship heat to claim the Ivy Leauge title in the 200 IM for the second consecutive year. In impressive fashion, the senior broke her record time set earlier in the day, clocking in at an NCAA qualifying time of 1:55.09. Kluge posted another career-best NCAA 'B" cut time of 1:58.73 to grab the runner-up finish.
Kluge and Meili went on to team-up with Kristina Parsons and Salena Huang in the 400 medley relay, as Columbia grabbed its second Ivy League title of the day. The quartet combined for a DeNunzio pool and program record NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:36.87 to capture the win.
In the first day of action, Columbia posted solid showings across the board to finish the day in fourth place with 313 points. The Lions are right on the heels of third place Yale with 324 points. Harvard is second with 412 points and Princeton leads the way through the first six events with 473.5 points.
The foursome of Mikaila Gaffey, Meili, Christina Ray and Lily Morris combined for a third place time in the 200 free relay to add major points for the Lions. Huang claimed a runner-up finish in the 'B' final of the 500 free with a career-best time of 4:50.11 and Aileen Smith was not far behind in third place with a career-best time of 4:50.18. On the boards, Kristin Hehir placed fourth in the championship final with an NCAA qualifying point total of 274.85.
The second day will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. with preliminaries, and then conclude with finals sessions at 6 p.m. Click the link above to view the full schedule of events.
Adult ticket prices are set for $30 event passes, $4 one-day prelim tickets and $6 one-night finals tickets. Children (under 12) and student prices are $1 one-day prelims and $3 one-night finals tickets.