NEW YORK - The Columbia women's swimming and diving team looks to close out the 2012 calendar year with its first win of the season as they travel to Philadelphia on Friday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. The Lions have won four of the last five meetings against the Quakers, including a 247-51 victory in last season's tri-meet double dual battle with Harvard.
Last Time Out
The Lions had a busy weekend of tough competition from Thursday, Nov. 29 - Saturday, Dec. 1. Eleven swimmers took their talents to Austin, Texas for the 2012 AT&T US Winter Nationals in one of three meets for the Lions. Another number of Lion swimmers swam at the 2012 ECAC Warm-Up Championships in Eastmeadow, N.Y. and the diving team competed in the inaugural Brown Invitational.
The US Winter Nationals proved well as Columbia posted a number of impressive individual performances among some the nation' s best. Katie Meili highlighted day one with a 10th place overall finish time of 1:57.42 in the 200 IM, defeating swimmers from top schools including Arizona, Texas and UCLA. For the first time this season, Meili finished under 2:00 and now stands ninth in the nation in the event.
The second day of the meet saw Kristina Parsons in the 'C' finals of the 100 fly swim a new program record time of 54.62. After finishing 26th in the morning trials, she returned with an outstanding performance in the finals to break the previous record of 54.92, held by Allison Hobbs ('10CC) since 2009.
Senior Caroline Lukins helped cap the weekend when she posted a personal best in the morning trials of the 200 fly in 2:00.81 in Austin. She went on to capture fourth place in the 'C' finals, again with a new personal-best time of 2:00.67.
The Lions served up a dominating showing in the 1650 free at ECAC Warm-Up Championships to add to a productive weekend. Columbia took five of the top eight spots including a 1-2-3 sweep of the event. Daniela Rueda led the way with a winning time of 16:58.65.
Scouting The Quakers
In dual-meet competition, Penn is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League this season. The team grabbed home wins over Connecticut and Cornell but fell to Princeton in the Ivy League double dual tri-meet. Friday's match-up marks the Quakers third straight dual meet at Sheer Pool this season.
On Saturday, Jan. 5, Columbia will begin the 2013 calendar year with the first home meet of the season facing the Bucknell Bison at 1 p.m. in Uris Pool.