NEW YORK – In its first dual-meet action in two months, the Columbia women’s swimming and diving picked up where they left off on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Uris Pool for another win. The Lions were dominant all afternoon winning 14 of 16 events to defeat Cornell 197-94 in its annual homecoming meet.
Christina Ray had a big day for the Lions with a pair of individual victories and a relay win. Ray’s first individual win came in the 50 freestyle, clocking in with a time of 23.96. The sophomore went on to take the 100 freestyle, with a time of 51.28.
First-Year Celia Frick also notched two victories in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Frick put together a solid showing in the 100 breaststroke with a first-place time of 1:02.95. She continued in the 200 breaststroke to take the event in a time of 2:17.47.
Columbia set the tone early in the pool taking the opening 200 medley relay event in impressive fashion. The quartet of Gabbie Toback, Jennifer Shahar, Christina Ray and Trudi Patrick grabbed the Lions first victory of the day with a Uris Pool record time 1:40.90.
The Lions kept the momentum going with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1000 freestyle, with junior Sidney Drill leading the way with a winning time of 10:11.75. Mallory Mckeon finished as the runner-up at 10:14.20 and Grace Senko took third-place at 10:20.87. Senko returned to the pool to win the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.46
The first-year class put on a show in their first homecoming meet with 6 wins on the day. Tiffany Warmuth led another Columbia 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 freestyle with a top time of 1:53.40. For the second time this season, Toback set a Uris Pool record in the 100 backstroke with a new time of 54.24. She bested her previous record time 54.52 set back in November against Yale.
The 100 butterfly went to first-year Michi Aisawa who clocked in with a time of 56.46.
On the boards, Alyssa Menz had a strong day with a victory in the 1m dive (266.17) and runner-up finish in the 3m dive (244.05). Katie Furr grabbed third-place in both events with 242.25 points in the 3m dive and 214.13 points in the 1m dive.
With the win Columbia improves to 4-0 in dual-meet action to remain atop the Ivy League and capture its 10th straight home victory.
Up next, the Lions will travel to Providence, R.I. on Saturday, Jan. 25 to take on Brown at noon.