Women’s Swimming to Square Off Against Wagner (LIVE BLOG!)

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NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s swimming team returns to Uris Pool this weekend, to host local rival Wagner in its last home meet of the 2010 calendar year.

Order of Events

200 medley relay

500 free

200 IM

50 back

50 breast

100 fly

Open 300 (non-scoring)

100 free

100 back

100 breast

500 free

50 fly

200 free

200 free relay

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This weekend’s meet will be available for interactive live updates, with the Columbia Athletics live blog! Barring technological complications, the Columbia Athletics department will be posting live updates of the meet as it happens, including times and places of every race! You’ll be able to write in and ask questions, so Columbia swimming fans, get ready!

Scouting the Seahawks

The Seahawks have some familiar faces coming into Uris, as both the Lions and the Seahawks competed at the Frank Elm Invitational at Rutgers last weekend.  The Lions finished eighth as a team with 626 points, while Wagner came in 10th, with a team score of 408 points.  They are 3-2 on the season, including a 2-1 mark in the NEC, and riding a win streak of three straight dual meets.  The Seahawks are, however, 0-2 on the road, and will be looking to get their first away meet win this weekend.

Leading the Lions

Seniors Annie Perizzolo and Mariele Dunn have begun to pack a powerful one-two punch for the Lions in breaststroke events, while first-years Aileen Smith, Alena Kluge and Grace Senko have been standouts as well. Sophomore Caroline Lukins and junior Caitlin Rogers are starting to hit their stride in the butterfly events, and the relay squads have only gotten stronger as the season has progressed.

My, My Meili!
Sophomore Katie Meili has opened her second season with the Columbia women's swim team with a bang. In only the second meet of the year, Meili set a new pool record in the 50 free, winning the event against Harvard in 23.51. The previous record of 23.55 had stood since 2003. She's also dominated the competition. In the season opener against Yale, Meili helped the 200 medley team to a first place finish, and won the 100 freestyle on her own. Against Harvard, Meili had a huge win in the 400 IM, beating the competition by a full three seconds to win the event. She also won both the 50 and 100 free, and helped the 200 free relay to second place finish. Meili continued her domination at the Rutgers Invitational, a championship-style meet with over 15 schools competing. There, Meili won titles in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, and finished fourth overall in the 100 free.

Up  Next
The Lions have one last dual meet before they head south for training and the start of 2011. Friday, December 10, Columbia will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Ivy League rival Penn, in a meet that is slated to start at 4 p.m.

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