NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s swimming & diving team ended the 2011 dual meet season with a decisive win over Dartmouth, as the Lions downed the Big Green in Hanover, N.H., 170-140.
Columbia opened the meet with a sweep of the top two spots in the 200 medley relay, as the team of Alena Kluge, Annie Perizzolo, Caroline Lukins and Lacey Harris-Coble took the top spot with a time of 1:47.12. The Columbia team of Dorothy Baker, Mariele Dunn, Kristina Parsons and Katie Meili took second in 1:48.64, giving the Lions an early 15-2 lead on Dartmouth. Columbia continued to dominate, as the Lions also took the top three spots in the 1000 free. Junior Isabelle Vandenbroucke won the event in 10:10.54, while sophomore Molly Dengler took second in 10:18.41, and first-year Aileen Smith came in third in 10:18.52.
Kluge had a top finish for the Lions in the 100 back, as she took first in 58.37, while Harris-Coble snatched the second spot, hitting the wall in 59.16. Columbia had another sweep in the 100 breast, as Perizzolo, Dunn and fellow senior Amanda Stewart went 1-2-3, coming in at 1:05.81, 1:06.43 and 1:06.98 respectively. Meili added another first place finish for Columbia heading into the diving break, as she took the top spot in the 50 free, in 23.49.
Columbia had strong performances from the divers, as first-year Kathleen Furr took second place in both the 3m and 1m, and junior Stephanie Foster finished third in the 3m.
Meili made it two for two in the second half of the meet, as she opened it with a win for Columbia in the 100 free, coming in at 52.14. And Perizzolo won her second event of the night, as she won the 200 breast by a full three seconds, in 2:22.63. Sophomore Lukins added one more win to the pile in the 100 fly, as she took the top spot in 56.74.
With the win, the Lions end the dual meet season with a 5-3 overall record and 3-3 in the Ivy League. Up next are the 2011 Ivy League Championships, which will take place in Princeton, Thursday, February 24 to Saturday, February 26.
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