Columbia Wins Sixth Straight Meet At Princeton, 165-131
Princeton, N.J. - With victories in 9 of 16 events, including three by junior Mikaila Gaffey, the Columbia women's swimming and diving team defeated Princeton on the road 165-131 to remain undefeated on Friday, Feb. 7. At 6-0, the Lions are just one victory away from finishing the regular season unblemished for the first time in program history. Since Columbia’s first victory over Princeton in the 2011-12 season, the Lions have won three straight over the Tigers and remained impressive Friday afternoon in DeNunzio Pool.
Gaffey came up big with wins in two individual events to lead the Lions. Her first victory came in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.51 in dominant team performance in the event. Jennifer Shahar placed second at 1:02.49 and Celia Frick followed in third place at 1:04.54. Gaffey added another win in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.69, beating teammate Frick who finished with a second-place time of 2:05.96.
Columbia got off to a good start taking the 200 medley relay, the first swimming event of the day. The quartet of Salena Huang, Gaffey, Trudi Patrick and Christina Ray combined for a time of 1:41.64. Each member of this winning relay squad also went on to post individual victories on the day.
Huang went on to capture the 200 back at 2:01.61, to lead another 1-2-3 sweep for the Lions. Grace Senko finished second at 2:02.61 and Lily Morris took third place at 2:04.15. Trudi Patrick won the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.05 and Christina Ray edged Patrick (54.72) in the 100 fly to get the win in a time of 54.50.
For her 11th win this season, first-year Gabbie Toback clocked in with a first-place time of 53.68 to set a new program record in the 100 back for the second time this season. Toback bested her previous record split time of 54.12 she posted at the U.S. Nationals in the 400 medley relay in December.
The Lions have been challenged throughout their six dual-meet Ivy League win streak, and the final test of the season will take place in Uris Pool in two days. On Sunday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., Columbia will host Dartmouth on senior day for a chance at a perfect dual-meet season.