AUSTIN, Texas - On Thursday, Nov. 29, several of Columbia's women swimmers
began their first day of competition at the 2012 AT&T US Winter National
Championships. Preliminaries kicked off at 10 a.m. and the Lions were geared to
compete in three of the five events on the day.
The quartet of Salena Huang, Katie Meili, Alena Kluge, and
Mikaila Gaffey swam in the first trails of the 200 Free relay combining for a time of 1:35.40. Huang went on to compete in the 500 Free and teamates Meili and Kluge took their marks in the 200 IM.
With a 9th place overall finish time of 1:58.23 in the 200
IM, Meili earned the top seed heading into the 'B' finals of the event. She
returned in the 'B' finals finish with a runner-up time of 1:57.42, defeating
swimmers from big conference 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 200 IM.
The 400 medley relay also saw a couple of phenomanal individual performances by the Lions. Kristina Parsons swam the fastest 100 fly split in school history at 54:01 with the 'A' squad and Lexi Riggs hit the wall with a personal best of 56.6 on the back leg with the 'B' squad. The squad of Kluge, Meili, Parsons and Huang combined for an 11th place time of 3:43.12.
The Lions return for day two of competition on Friday, Nov. 30 with preliminaries to start at
10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m. A live webcast will follow all events for the
duration of competition.
ORDER OF EVENTS
|Day One - Thursday, Nov. 29
||Day Two - Friday, Nov. 30
||Day Three - Saturday, Dec. 1
200 Free Relay
500 Free - Huang
200 IM - Meili, Kluge
400 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay
400 IM - Kluge
100 Fly - Ray, Lukins, Parsons, Zhai
200 Free - Huang
100 Breast - Meili, Gaffey
800 Free Relay
200 Back - Kluge
100 Free - Huang, Meili
200 Breast - Meili
200 Fly - Lukins, Ng
400 Free Relay
Live results for the meet are available through the
Active Network's Meet Mobile application available as a free download from
either iTunes or Google Play. The app provides fans with the ability to view
real-time results and splits, as well as heat sheets, final results, and team
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