NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s swimming & diving team opened the 2011 calendar year with a win, as the Lions beat Bucknell Sunday, 141.5-96.5, to improve to 2-3 overall in dual meets. 

The Lions, who competed against the Bison with the men’s team, opened the meet with a sweep in the 3 meter diving. First-year Kathleen Furr won the event, scoring 263.48 points, while junior Stephanie Foster came in second with 251.18 points, and first-year Liana Diamond took third, scoring 224.10. 

Columbia also went 1-2 in the next event, the 200 medley relay, widening the early lead further. The squad of Dorothy Baker, Mariele Dunn, Kristina Parsons and Ashley Maclean took second in 1:48.64, while the group of Caitlin Rogers, Annie Perizzolo, Caroline Lukins and Alena Kluge won the event in 1:48.37. 

Sophomore Molly Dengler notched the next win for the Lions, as she took the top spot in the 1000 free, coming in at 10:25.72, while junior Isabelle Vandenbroucke took third in 10:28.18. And the wins just kept coming for Columbia. Junior Caitlin Rogers led a sweep in the 200 free, as she hit the wall in 1:56.16, ahead of teammates Paige Endsley and Alexandra Delaney.  Sophomore Katie Meili had a win in the 400 IM, another event Columbia had the top three spots in. After Meili’s 4:28.64 win, first-years Corinna Bertelsen and Aileen Smith went 2-3 to complete the sweep. 

Once again in the 1-meter dive, all three of the top spots were people wearing Columbia blue. Diamond won with 253.13 points, while Furr took second in 248.10 and junior Kristin Hehir took third in 228.53. 

Sophomore Lukins added a win in the 200 fly in 2:07.33,  while Vandenbroucke added a win in the 200 back, and Mariele Dunn was the top finisher in the 200 breast. The night ended with the 400 free relay, that saw Meili, Kluge, Lacey Harris-Coble and Lukins come in at 3:34.01.

Up next for the Lions is a trip to Ivy League rival Cornell, as Columbia will head to Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday, January 22 for a 3 p.m. dual meet.