Women's Swimming Downs Wagner for First Dual Meet Win, 158-112
NEW YORK - The Columbia women's swimming team beat Wagner in a dual meet Saturday, for their first team win of the year, 158-112.
The teams started the meet with a 200 medley relay that saw two Columbia squads in the top three. The team of Alena Kluge, Amanda Stewart, Caroline Lukins and Mariele Dunn won the event in 1:50.15, while the squad of Bunge Okeyo, Corinna Bertelsen, Molly Dengler and Katelynn Boland took third, in 1:56.91.
The next event was the 500 free, the first of two times the teams would swim the event. First-year Aileen Smith was the big winner, coming in at 5:06.92, followed by teammates Molly Dengler (5:08.07) and Abby Reilly (5:08.46). Columbia would also take the top three in the next event, the 200 yard IM. Sophomore Katie Meili won with a time of 2:07.22, followed by Kluge (2:08.07) and Grace Senko (2:14.10).
In the 50 back and the 50 breast, Columbia went 1-2, as Caitlin Rogeres won the 50 back (28.03), followed by Lacey Harris-Coble (28.18), and Amanda Stewart won the 50 breast (31.36), followed by Paige Endsley (32.27). The 100 fly was another event that saw the Lions sweep the top three spots. Sophomore Caroline Lukins won in 57.44, followed in second by Kristina Parsons (58.53), and Mariele Dunn in third (58.58).
Sophomore Bunge Okeyo had one of the most exciting swims of the day, as she won the 50 free with a time of 25.06, followed by teammate Ashley Maclean, who took second in 25.31. Harris-Coble took the top spot in the 100 free, with a time of 53.77, while junior Dorothy Baker took third in 54.78. The Lions also had wins in the 100 back (Alena Kluge, 59.23), and 100 breast (Katie Meili, 1:07.87), sealing the team victory for the Lions. From there on out, the Lions were just swimming for times. In the 500 free, senior Abby Reilly had the top time, in 5:07.98, and Rogers had the top time in the 50 fly, coming in at 26.53.
Columbia also had the top three times in the 200 free, as Aileen Smith came in at 1:56.04, followed by Rogers (1:57.23) and Endsley (2:00.54). The meet concluded with the 200 free relay, which saw strong swims from all three Columbia relay teams. The squad of Meili, Lukins, Harris-Coble and Okeyo had the fastest time at 1:39.76, followed by the group of Emily Brown, Dunn, Maclean and Stewart, in 1:42.03. Rounding out the top three times was the squad of Kluge, Alexandra Delaney, Margaret D’Arcy and Blair Blooomquist, who touched the wall at 1:42.69.
With the win, the Lions improve to 1-2 in dual meets, with an 0-2 record in the Ivy League. Up next for Columbia is an Ivy League dual meet on the road, as the Lions will travel to take on Penn, Friday, December 10 at 1 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.