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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Women's Swimming and Diving Opens 2012 by Hosting Wagner

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/02/2012
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NEW YORK - The Columbia women's swimming and diving team will open the 2012 calendar year Tuesday, Jan. 3 facing Wagner in Uris Pool at 1 p.m. For the third consecutive year, the Seahawks will be the first non-conference dual meet of the season. The teams' matchup last season took place in Uris Pool with a 158-112 win for the Lions. Columbia has owned the series recently winning the last eight meetings.

LAST TIME OUT

The Lions' last meet for the 2011 calendar was an historic double tri-meet with Ivy League foes Penn and Harvard. Columbia would finish the day 1-1 with a 247-51 win over Penn and a tough 157-143 loss to league leading Harvard. The team would also finish the meet setting four Uris Pool time records.

The squad of senior Dorothy Baker, first-year Mikaila Gaffey, Junior Caroline Lukins, and first-year Stella Zhao set the first pool record of that day in the women's 200-medley relay with a time of 1:43.97. The previous record was held by the teammate squad of Katie Meili, Gaffey, Lukins, and Zhao with a time of 1:44.06, which was set in the first week of this season.

Baker set the second Uris Pool record of the day in the women's 100-yard backstroke. She finished with a time of 56.32, beating an 11-year old record time of 57:34 set in 1990.

Meili set the next pool record of the day for the Lions in the women's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.11. Like Baker, she beat the previous record by more than a second, which was set in 2009 with a time of 1:03.35.

Columbia capped the meet with a new Uris Pool record time in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay. The squad of Gaffey, Huang, Meili, and Zhao set a record time of 3:27.37 on their way to a first place finish in the event.

SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS

The Northeast Conference leading Wagner will enter the meet at 7-1 and 4-0 in league play. The team's latest meet resulted in an 84-11 win over Hunter College. The Seahawks are led by first year head coach Colin Shannahan, a 2002 Columbia University graduate.

UP NEXT

The Lions will celebrate Homecoming Saturday, Jan. 21 as they host the Big Red of Cornell at 11 a.m.

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