NEW YORK – Ending 2010 with a dual meet on the road in Philadelphia, Pa., the Columbia women’s swimming and diving squad lost to Ivy League rival Penn Friday, 165.5-135.5.
The Lions started the meet off on the right foot, as the 200 medley relay team of Dorothy Baker
, Annie Perizzolo
, Caroline Lukins
and Katie Meili
won the event by nearly two seconds, with a time of 1:47.60. The squad of Caitlin Rogers
, Amanda Stewart
, Mariele Dunn
and Lacey Harris Coble added more points, as they came in third, with a time of 1:51.52.
But Penn would win both the 1000 and 200 free and the 100 back to take the lead on the Lions. First-year Aileen Smith
had a strong swim in the 1000, coming in second with a time of 10:19.78, but it did little to stop the Quakers’ momentum.
Senior co-captain Mariele Dunn
got the first individual win of the day for the Lions, as she took the top spot in the 100 breast, coming in at 1:05.60, while her classmate, Perizzolo, took third, in 1:06.78. After a Penn win in the 200 fly, sophomore Katie Meili
added more points to the Columbia total, with a first place finish in the 50 free. Meili came in at 24.28, just ahead of teammate Ashley MacLean
, who took second place in 24.93.
The Quakers took the top spots in both diving events, but Columbia fought hard in the second half of the meet. First-year Alena Kluge
won the 200 back, in 2:05.73, while Dunn became a dual winner, taking the top spot in the 200 breast, in 2:21.94. Meili was also a dual winner for the Lions, as she won the 200 IM, in 2:05.77, followed by Kluge in second, in 2:08.21.
The Penn meet marks the last dual meet for Columbia in the 2010 calendar year. The next meet on the slate is a January 16th matchup with Bucknell, in Uris Pool. The dual meet, which will be combined with the men’s team, is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.