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
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.
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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
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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
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.