PRINCETON, N.J. - The Columbia women's swimming and diving team returned to Princeton's DeNunzio pool on Friday, March 1 to compete in day two of the 2013 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The second day of action began with the preliminary heats at 11 a.m. and followed with the finals at 6 p.m. After beginning day two in fourth place, the Lions put together a mix of spectacular and solid performances to jump to third place with 796 points.
The highlight for the second straight day was Katie Meili who set another Ivy League record, this time in the 100 breast for the Ivy League crown. In the prelims Meili swam a DeNunzio pool and NCAA qualifying time of 58.9, breaking her own school record time of 59.44. In the finals, Meili returned to capture the victory with an impressive new school, meet and Ivy League record time of 58.44. The senior's first-place time clocked in as the fourth fastest in the NCAA this year and marks Meili's second individual title of the championships. Mikaila Gaffey added to the Lions dominance in the event with a runner-up finish in a NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:01.47.
Alena Kluge started the day off with a first- place NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:14.85 in the 400 IM prelims. Kluge returned in the 400 IM finals with an electrifying win, hitting wall just .02 seconds faster than Harvard's Courtney Ott. Her new career best NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:11.89, gave the Lions its first Ivy League title of the day. First-year Kristine Ng finished fourth in the event with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:17.44.
In the 100 fly prelims, the Lions placed three swimmers in the championship finals. In the prelims, Kristina Parsons posted a NCAA 'B' cut time of 53.89, breaking her own school record time of 54.62. Parsons finished third overall in the championship heat with a time of 54.14. Christina Ray grabbed fifth place with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 54.29.
The Lions began the finals session with a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Kluge, Gaffey, Ray and Meili combined for a time of 1:39.52, finishing only .03 seconds behind the winning Harvard squad. Columbia's impressive time set a new school record and was faster than the previous Ivy League record time of 1:39.80.
A number of Lions put together a day of personal best including Aileen Smith who swam the 1000 free in 9:54.91. The junior broke the 10-minute mark for the time in her career to grab fifth place. The quartet of Meili, Salena Huang, Kluge and Smith combined for a third place time of 7:14.81 in the 800 freestyle relay. The foursome set a new school record beating the previous record of 7:21.23.
Columbia heads into the final day of the championships in third place with 796 points. Harvard holds second with 920 points and host Princeton is in first place with 953.5 points. The Championships will conclude tomorrow at 11 a.m. with preliminaries, followed by the finals session at 6 pm. Click the link above to view the full schedule of events.Adult ticket prices are set for $30 event pass, $4 one-day prelim ticket and $6 one-night finals ticket. Children (under 12) and student prices are $1 one-day prelims and $3 one-night finals tickets