NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s swimming & diving team fell to Ivy-League leading Princeton Friday in Uris Pool, as the Tigers topped the Lions, 196-104 on Senior Night. Columbia honored its eight seniors during the last home meet of the 2011 season.
Seniors Erin Adams
, Emily Brown
, Mariele Dunn
, Ashley MacLean
, Annie Perizzolo
, Ashley Ramsden
, Abby Reilly
and Amanda Stewart
were honored by the coaching staff and members of the team for their dedication to the Columbia swimming & diving program.
The meet opened with a strong showing by Lion divers. Though Princeton took the top spot in the 3m competition, Columbia took the Nos. 2 through 5 spots to negate points gained. First-year Liana Diamond
took second place with 264.91 points, while first-year Kathleen Furr
finished third with 243.45 points. Juniors Kristin Hehir
(236.34 points) and Stephanie Foster
(233.33 points) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Princeton had a win in the 200 medley relay to get back on the board, but first-year Grace Senko
answered back with a win in the 200 IM. Senko won with a time of 2:09.37, the first top of the night for the Lions. Columbia had a strong swim from another underclassman, as sophomore Katie Meili
had a one of the best times in program history in the exhibition heat of the 500 free. Meili swam the event in 4:56.87, which is one of the top five times in program history, and a personal best for Meili by almost 20 seconds.
Columbia had another strong swim from senior Mariele Dunn
, as she finished second in the 50 free, with a time of 24.93 seconds, while Diamond performed well in the 1m dive, taking second place with 235.65 points. Junior Dorothy Baker
was the next to notch a win for Columbia, as she took the top spot in the 200 backstroke, with a time of 2:05.12. Meili made it two in a row for the Lions, as she won the 200 breawst with a time of 2:20.92, six seconds ahead of the nearest Tiger. Columbia closed out the meet with a win, as the all-senior team of Adams, Dunn, MacLean and Brown won the event with a time of 1:37.49.
Up next for the Lions is a trip north for the last dual meet of the year. Columbia will head to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth, Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m.