Danicia Ambron arrived on Columbia University's campus in
1991 as the only recruited female swimmer of the class of 1994. The Great Neck,
NY native would prove to be one of the pioneers in the resurgence of Columbia
women's swimming. In 1993, Ambron became the first women's swimming Ivy League
individual champion in Columbia history. Her school record-setting performances
in the 50 freestyle and 200 free relay propelled Columbia to its highest team
finish since they began competing in the Ivy League Championships in 1986.
Ambron capped the 1993 season becoming the first-ever
women's swimming NCAA qualifier in school history. She went on to compete in
the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke events that year, earning top 50 finishes
The biology-psychology major was a model student-athlete as
a two-time Academic All-Ivy League honoree in 1993 and 1994. By the end of her
career at Columbia, Ambron held seven program records, including three
individual records in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, and four relays.
The pioneer spirit and motivation Ambron displayed in her
years at Columbia continued to drive her outside of the pool. Her love for
yoga, which began as an athlete at Columbia, inspired her to open Prana Yoga
Studio in New York City in 1998. She closed the doors of the Prana Studio in
2010 when she transitioned her longtime passion for dog rescue and training
into the opening of Dog Smiles Training.