Women’s Swimming Celebrates Senior Day Against Princeton

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s swimming & diving team is hosting Ivy League rival Princeton for the last home meet of 2011, as the Tigers come to Uris Pool, Friday, February 4 at 6 p.m. At the meet, the Lions will honor the Class of 2011 in the annual Senior Day Ceremony. 

Scouting the Tigers 
Princeton is looking to close out a perfect season for the fourth year in a row coming into the meet against the Lions. Last weekend, the Tigers swept all 17 events in the annual H-Y-P meet, defeating both Harvard and Yale by huge margins. The Tigers are a perfect 6-0 in Ivy League dual meets, won the Big Al Open in December, and took third place at the UVA Fall invitational in November. The defending Ivy League champions, Princeton will be looking to continue their program streak of 35 consecutive wins.

Both teams are heading into the highest intensity of training before Ivies, so look for some pool records to fall this weekend. 

Leading the Lions 
Columbia has been swimming well in recent weeks, with athletes racking up personal bests and pool bests on a regular basis. Just last weekend, the 400 free relay team of senior Ashley MacLean, sophomore Katie Meili, junior Isabelle Vandenbroucke and sophomore Lacey Harris-Coble set a new pool record, finishing the event in 3:28.63, breaking a record that had stood since 2003. 

Celebrating the Seniors 
Columbia will take time today to honor the class of 2011, seniors Erin Adams, Emily Brown, Mariele Dunn, Ashley MacLean, Annie Perizzolo, Ashley Ramsden, Abby Reilly and Amanda Stewart

Last Time Out 
Columbia is coming off of a big win over Brown on Homecoming. The Lions beat the Bears, 163-137, to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in Ivy League dual meets. 

Up Next 
The Lions have one more meet before championship season. Columbia will head north to take on Dartmouth, Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m. And then, the taper begins, as Columbia prepares for the Ivy League championships, which Princeton will host, Thursday, February 24 to Saturday, February 26. 

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