NEW YORK – If the Columbia women’s swimming & diving season opener is any indication of what’s to come, Columbia fans are in for an electrifying 2017-18 season. The Lions hosted Penn at Uris Pool on Friday, Nov. 6 in a meet that would come down to the final event of the night.
The Lions began the meet with roaring intensity as the 200 medley relay squad of Julia Samson, Helen Wojdylo, Emily Wang and Jessica Antiles combined for a winning time of 1:44.26. The tandem maintained their poise throughout the race holding on to a slight lead into victory.
In her first collegiate meet, Jessica He put together a winning performance in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.98, with fellow rookie Susie Zhu in second place at 1:52.94. The Lions followed a runner-up finish by Julia Samson (56.68) and a third-place finish by Jamie Lee (57.82) in the 100 backstroke with a first-place finish from Jessica Antiles in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.45. Helen Wojdylo also added runner-up points in the event with a time of 1:05.75.
Mary Ashby responded to a Quaker victory in the 200 fly with an electrifying 50 free win for the Lions at 24.01. Kathleen O’Rourke clocked in just a touch behind at 24.19 as the back and forth continued in a tight battle with the Quakerrs. Ashby returned for second crown to the day in the 100 freestyle hitting the wall in a time of 52.26.
Julia Samson kept it going with a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 2:02.03 to put the Lions back in front at 105-102. Holding on strong to win the 200 breastroke was Helen Wojdylo with a time of 2:22.72 to give Columbia 116-110 lead heading into the final four events.
The Quakers posted a strong response in the 500 freestyle with a 1-2-3 sweep and a 1-2 punch in the 100 butterfly to take the lead.
Jessica Antiles was sensational in the 200 I.M. with a first-place time of 2:04.70, followed by Jessica He in second place at 2:06.86 tto give the Lions a fighter chance heading into the final relay event. Despite a 200 free relay victory by the foursome of Ashby, Zhu, O’Rourke and Antiles (1:35.56), Penn hung on for the 152.5-147.5 win.
On the boards, Brooke Bernardin had a runner-up finish in the one-meter dive with score of 240.68, along with a third-place finish by Kimberly Yang at 239.55. Chloe Hacker also posted a third-place score in the three-meter dive at 232.35.
Up next, the Lions return to Uris Pool on Sunday, Nov. 5 to host Harvard at 12 pm.