PHILADELPHIA - With two individual wins from senior Katie Meili and domination in both diving events, the Columbia women's swimming and diving team captured its first win of the season with a 159-140 victory at Penn on Friday, Dec. 7. This marks the second straight win over the Quakers and the women's diving core still remains undefeated in Ivy League play.
The late afternoon meet started with a win in the 200 medley relay for the Lions. The quartet of Alena Kluge, Meili, Kristina Parsons, and Lily Morris combined for a time of 1:46.43. Also taking third in the event was the squad of Lexi Riggs, Mikaila Gaffey, Christina Ray, and Salena Huang at 1:47.19.
Junior Aileen Smith kept the Lions rolling with a victory in the 1000 free, stopping the clock at 10:13.94. Margaret D'Arcy and Daniela Rueda added points for Columbia in the event, taking third (D'Arcy, 10:23.63) and fourth (Rueda, 10:24.07).
The Quakers would take the next two events in the 200 free and 100 back to battle the early Columbia lead. A runner-up finish in the 100 back by Kluge at 57.92 and a win in the 100 breast by Meili at 1:05.98 kept the Lions on a winning pace. The Lions kept pushing forward in the 200 fly behind a winning time of 2:03.00 by Caroline Lukins and a runner-up finish time of 2:04.64 by Kristine Ng.
Penn once again put up a fight in Sheer Pool, but it was on the boards that Columbia stayed consistent. The one-meter diving event saw the Lions take the top two spots with Kristin Hehir in first place at 250.50 and Kathleen Furr in second place at 241.65.
Back in the pool, Meili added her second win of the meet, hitting the wall at 2:22.30 in the 200 breast. With a time of 2:25.04, Ng followed in second place. After a Quaker win in the 500 free, the Lions would dominate the rest of the way. Columbia captured the 100 fly with a 1-2-3 sweep of the event. Christina Ray led the way in first place at 55.92. Lukins hit the wall in second place at 56.26 and Parsons completed the sweep in third at 57.06.
Hehir and Furr would also take the top spots in the three-meter diving event. This time it was Furr with the win at 270.15 and Hehir the runner-up at 269.33. The 200 IM saw another sweep for Columbia with Kluge leading the way with the winning time of 2:06.25. Meili came in second at 2:06.36 and Ng followed in third at 2:08.95.
A runner-up finish time of 1:37.10 in the 200 free relay, by the quartet of Morris, Huang, Ray and Jennifer Xu capped the 159-140 win. The Lions improve to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League with the win over the Quakers to close the 2012 calendar year. Up next, Columbia will compete at Uris Pool for the first time this season as they host Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.