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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Women's Swimming and Diving Opens 2012 by Hosting Wagner

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.


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.


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.


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

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