Women's Swimming & Diving Begins Frank Elm Invite
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

PISCATAWAY, N.J.  - The Columbia women's swimming and diving team arrived on the campus of Rutgers University on Saturday, Nov. 17 for the 2012 Frank Elm Invitational. Preliminaries kicked off at 10 a.m. and the Lions began the day with fantastic performances.

Columbia dominated the first preliminary event of the day, placing the top-four finishers in the 400 IM. Junior Alena Kluge led the way in first place with a time of 4:22.11. Senior Katie Meili took second with 4:25.10, junior Aileen Smith posted a personal-best time of 4:28.57, and first-year Kristine Ng followed in fourth at 4:29.02.

Meili went on to grab the top seed in the 100 breast prelims with a first-place time of 1:02.24. Senior Kristina Parsons also posted a top seed time in the 100 fly at 56.57 and Caroline Lukins performed well in the event with a third-place time of 56.83.

The Lions returned to the RU Aquatic Center at 5 p.m. for the finals heat and Meili continued her dominance this season. In the 400 IM she battled passed her teammate Kulge to take first place with a NCAA'B' cut time of 4:16.62, a personal best. Kluge finished in second place with a time of 4:21.98. In her best event, Meili captured a victory in the 100 breast with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:01.73.

Parsons went on to post a runner-up finish in the 100 fly at 55.63 and Lukins came in at 56.41 for fourth place. Lexi Riggs also grabbed a runner-up finish for the Lions in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.51.

Columbia will return to action tomorrow, Nov. 18 for day two of the Frank Elm Invitational. Preliminaries are set for a 10 a.m. start, followed by finals at 6 p.m.