Women’s Swimming & Diving Falls to Penn, 165.5-135.5
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
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.