Women’s Swimming Completes Day Two of Ivy League Championships

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK –The Columbia women’s swimming & diving squad finished up the second day of the 2011 Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J., Saturday, with several strong performances from Lion athletes.

Columbia opened the night with the 200 medley relay, that saw the team of Dorothy Baker, Annie Perizzolo, Caroline Lukins and Alena Kluge finish sixth overall in 1:43.40. Columbia also had a fantastic showing in the 1650 free, as three Lions came in the top ten. Junior Isabelle Vandenbroucke led the charge, as she was the top finisher for the Lions, coming in fifth overall in 16:49.43. Senior Abby Reilly was next, coming in eighth with a time of 16:57.58, while sophomore Molly Dengler rounded out the group, coming in tenth with a time of 17:00.41. First-year Corinna Bertelsen also scored points for Columbia as she came in 20th, with a time of 17:22.13.

In the 400 IM, sophomore Katie Meili rebounded from a tough prelims to take the top spot in the consolation final. She came in 9th overall with a time of 4:19.73. She was joined in the consolation final by classmate Dengler, who came in 16th in 4:37.11. First-year Aileen Smith took 19th overall in 4:29.52, just ahead of classmate Grace Senko, who came in 20th in 4:30.16. Bertelsen also took part in the bonus final, coming in 24th overall, with a time of 4:33.63.

The 100 fly saw sophomore Lukins take the top spot in the consolation final. Lukins swam 55.35 to win her heat, and beat out classmate Kristina Parsons, who came in second in the consolation finals in 55.56. In the bonus final, junior Caitlin Rogers hit 57.04 to finish 19th overall, while sophomore Lacey Harrs-Coble came in at 57.05, good for 21st.

Columbia had two athletes in the championship final of the 100 breast. Seniors Annie Perizzolo and Mariele Dunn both had strong swims. In the preliminaries, Perizzolo was the second qualifier, as she came in at 1:01.95, which would have been a Princeton pool record had she finished first. In the finals, she came in at 1:02.75, good for fourth place. Both times are NCAA ‘B’ cut standards. Dunn finished the day with a time of 1:03.42, good for seventh overall.

In the 100  back, first-year Alena Kluge got a taste of the championships, as she swam in her first ever championship final. Kluge swam 55.81, to finish fifth overall, scoring massive points for Columbia. Junior Dorothy Baker was the top finisher in the consolation final, as she finished in 56.13, good for ninth overall. Harris-Coble also took part in the consolation finals, coming in 13th overall in 56.81.

The Lions closed the swimming portion of the night with the 800 free relay. The squad of Vandenbroucke, Meili, Rogers and Harris-Coble came in sixth overall, with a time of 7:29.14. First-year Liana Diamond took part in the 3m diving consolation final, where she score 252.20 points, good for 13th overall.

The Lions finished the day in fifth place in the team standings, with 573 team points, just 20 points behind fourth place Penn, and 30 behind third place Yale. The final day of the 2011 Ivy League championships will feature the 1000 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 fly, 1m diving and the 400 free relay.

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