NEW YORK - The last meet in the 2011 calendar for the Columbia women's swimming and diving team will be a home double dual tri-meet Friday, Dec. 9 in Uris Pool at 4 p.m. The Lions will play host to two Ivy League opponents including the Penn Quakers and the league leading Harvard Crimson. "We are really excited to race Harvard and Penn in our double dual format," said Michael Sabala, assistant coach of Columbia women's swimming and diving.


The Lions headed to the 2011 US Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. last weekend to showcase and inspire their talents among some of the great swimmers in the world. In the four day meet, the Lions set personal best times every day with a total of six swimmers posting new personal bests. First-team All Ivy League honoree Katie Meili had a strong showing in the women's 200 IM. The junior qualified for the Bonus Consolation Final and placed 29th overall.

A busy weekend for the Lions came to a close at the Big Al Invitational in Princeton, N.J.  Columbia tallied 89 team points to take seventh place out of ten teams. One of the contributors for the Lions was first-year Alyssa Menz, who earned points with a seventh place overall finish in the 3m diving competition with 241.70 points. Menz returned in day two to place seventh in the 1m diving competition, tallying 230.05 points.

In day three, senior Isabelle Vandenbroucke took eighth place in the women's 1650-yard freestyle, with a time of 16:59.18. Sophomore Aileen Smith also placed ninth with a time of 17:06.82. Meili capped an impressive weekend with a sixth place finish in the women's 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:05.07.


The Quakers (1-1, 1-1 Ivy League) will enter the meet coming off a first place finish at the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College. Penn returns sophomore All Ivy League First Team honorees Shelby Frontin and Kristi Edleson this season. The team currently stands in fifth place in the Ivy League.


At 2-0, defeating Ivy League opponents Dartmouth and Cornell, Harvard stands atop the current Ivy League standings.  The Crimson return three 2011 All Ivy League honorees, including first team selection senior Meghan Leddy.


The Columbia women's swimming and diving team will begin the 2012 calendar year hosting Wagner Tuesday, Jan. 3 in Uris Pool at 1 p.m.