NEW YORK – With the Uris Natatorium filled with fans and an undefeated dual-meet season on the line, the Columbia women’s swimming and diving team capped its best season in program history in dominant fashion on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Lions won 10 of 16 events to down Dartmouth167-124 on senior day to capture an unblemished 7-0 season and Ivy League record.
Before the meet, Columbia honored and recognized the class of 2014 for their commitment to their sport, hard work and competitive prowess over their four years.
Columbia grabbed the first event of the morning with a win in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Lily Morris, Mikaila Gaffey, Trudi Patrick and Christina Ray combined for a time of 1:42.09 to kick-off the meet. Maggie D’Arcy followed the relay with an exciting performance in a win in the 500 freestyle. The senior swam a career-best time of 4:59.30 to edge teammate Mallory McKeon (5:00.99) for first place.
Gaffey kept it going in the 200 free with a first-place time of 1:5109, her first of two wins on the day. Daniela Rueda matched her career-best time of 57.45 to take the 100 backstroke and first-year Jennifer Shahar posted a victory in the 200 breaststroke at 1:04.43 as the Lions were dominant early.
Patrick added her second straight win the 200 butterfly this weekend, hitting the wall in a time of 2:01.67. Ray showed her speed in the 50 free with a first-place time of 23.73.
Gabbie Toback capped a fantastic first season with another record setting performance in the 200 backstroke. The first-year clocked in with a time of 1:58.25 to set a new program and Uris pool record in the event. Toback bested both records previously held by teammate Alena Kluge. Gaffey followed with her second individual win of the meet in the 200 breaststroke, with a time of 2:18.36.
On the boards, Furr posted a victory in her final three-meter dive at Uris Pool. The senior tallied a first-place total of 254.85 points. She also tabbed a runner-up finish in the one-meter dive to lead the Lions with 234.38 points.
The Lions have put together a phenomenal dual-meet season from start to finish. Columbia began with their first ever win in program history over Harvard and continued with record-setting performances throughout the year to finish atop the Ivy League.
Up next, Columbia will head to Providence, R.I. on Thursday, Feb. 20- Saturday, Feb. 22 to compete for the Ivy League Championship title.