Princeton On The Road & Dartmouth At Home On Tap For Women's Swimming & Diving
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On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Lions will host its final home meet of the season against Dartmouth at 11 a.m. Columbia will honor its senior class on Sunday, including Katelynn Boland, Corinna Bertelsen, Margaret D'Arcy, Kathleen Furr, Caitlin Jokubaitis, Alena Kluge, Grace Senko and Aileen Smith.
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LAST TIME OUT
Highlighted by three individual wins from senior Alena Kluge and a record setting performance by Trudi Patrick, Columbia captured its fifth straight win of the season with a 185-113 victory at Brown on Saturday Jan. 25. The Lions won 11 of 16 events to take down the Bears and remain unbeaten in the Ivy League at 5-0.
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AT THE TOP
At 5-0, Columbia stands as the only unbeaten team in the Ivy League. With wins over Harvard, Penn, Yale, Cornell and most recently Brown, the Lions will look to hold onto its top place in the conference heading into this weekend’s dual-meet action.
Alena Kluge has remained one of the top 200 IM swimmers in the Ivy League this season . The senior captain remains unbeaten in dual-meet action in the event with clutch wins against both Harvard and Penn. Kluge posted the Ivy League’s best 200 IM times this season at the AT&T U.S. Nationals in December, clocking in at 2:00.26.
Kluge has embraced her roll as leader of the team this season and her performance in the pool has continued to raise the bar for the Columbia squad. She also holds the Ivy Leagues top 200 breaststroke time. In a win at Brown, Kluge hit the wall in a time of 2:16.02.
Through the opening dual-meets, first-year Gabbie Toback has been nothing short of stellar for the Lions. The Merrick, N.Y., native has set the program 100 backstroke record twice and has collected 10 wins already this year, including five individual events and five top finishes as a member of the 200 medley relay squad.
Against Cornell, Toback set the Uris Pool record in the 100 backstroke for the second time this season. With a time of 54.24, she bested her previous record time 54.52 set back in November against Yale.
In her first collegiate win, Toback set the Uris Pool and program record in the 100 backstroke against Yale for the first time this season. With a time of 54.52, she broke the previous record of 54.54 set just a week earlier by Harvard’s Danielle Lee. Toback also posted a first-place finish in the 200 back on the day and swam for a repeat winning effort in 100 back against Penn.
Toback bested her 100 back record time just two weeks later at the U.S. Nationals. She led the 400 medley relay with the fastest 100 back split in program history at 54.12.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCKS
The future for Columbia swimming looks to be in good hands with a number of young swimmers having strong performances this season. Along with Toback, the first-year class is off to an amazing start to begin their collegiate careers. The newcomers have combined for a total of 15 individual and four relay wins in four dual-meets.
Celia Frick notched two victories in the Lions defeat over Cornell last Saturday. Frick swam the 100 breast in a first-place time of 1:02.95 and continued to impress in the 200 breast with a winning time of 2:17.47.
Jennifer Shahar picked up her first win in the 100 breaststroke in the home opener against Harvard. The New Jersey native has only been eclipsed in the event this season by teammate Frick.
Trudi Patrick has emerged as an early contributor to the Lions success with a pair of wins in the 100 butterfly against Yale and Penn. In her last outing, Patrick was phenomenal in the 200 fly setying a new program record with a time of 1:59.91 in a win at Brown. The Barnard College first-year student bested the previous record time of 2:00.43 held since 2001 by Barnard alum Lucy Eccleston.
Tiffany Warmuth has also posted a trio of wins on the year with a victory in the 200 free over Yale, Cornell and at the Frank Elm Invite. Michi Aisawa captured her first win of the season in the 100 fly against Cornell..
Columbia has remained a constant presence in the Collegeswimming.com national rankings this season. The Lions are the highest ranked Ivy League school and stand at No.1 in the mid-major rankings. With a 197-94 win over Cornell, the Lions garnered its second No. 20 ranking. Columbia was impressive in its annual homecoming meet setting a pair of Uris pool records, highlighted by the fastest weekly 200 medley relay in the nation at 1:40.90.
On Nov. 18, following a weekend with dual meet wins over Yale (185-115) and Penn (166-134), Columbia jumped to hits highest ranking so far this season at No. 15 on Nov. 18. This ranking came just a week following its first No. 20 ranking on Nov. 11 with the Lions first win over Harvard in program history (163.5-135.5).
The Tigers are 4-2 in the Ivy League with losses to Cornell earlier this season and Harvard last week. Columbia was one the last two meetings between these two teams, including the first win over Princeton in program history in 2012 at DeNunzio Pool.