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.
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