NEW YORK – The Columbia University women’s swimming & diving team is heading north this weekend, to take on Ivy League rival Cornell, in a dual meet schedule for Saturday, January 22 at 3 p.m.

Scouting the Big Red
Cornell is struggling in dual meets this year, as the Big Red are 1-6 overall, and 0-5 in the Ivy League. Both teams will be looking for their first Ancient Eight win of the year, as the Lions are 0-3 in the league, and 2-3 overall. 

Cornell has suffered losses at the hands of Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Dartmouth and Yale this year. In 2009, Columbia had the upper hand, as the Lions trounced the Big Red, 179-121. The last time the Lions swam in Ithaca was 2008, and Columbia had the upper hand there as well, winning 189-111. 

Leading the Lions 
Columbia has a strong core of swimmers who are winning consistently. Seniors Mariele Dunn and Annie Perizzolo are anchoring the breaststroke events, while sophomores Katie Meili and Molly Dengler are doing well in sprint and distance free events, respectively. First-years Alena Kluge and Aileen Smith have brought the team valuable points in various events, and divers Stephanie Foster, Kathleen Furr and Liana Diamond have been performing well as of late. 

Last Time Out
Columbia is coming off a big win over Bucknell, as the Lions won 141.5-96.5 over their Patriot League foes.  A complete recap of that meet is available here

Up Next
Up next for Columbia is a return to Uris Pool, where the Lions will welcome alumnae and family for homecoming weekend. Columbia will swim its homecoming meet, Saturday, January 29 at 12 p.m. against Brown.