NEW YORK - Finishing with six pool records, including two school records, the Columbia women's swimming and diving team defeated Princeton 194-104, for the first time at Uris Pool and the second time in school history Friday. This marks the Lions fifth consecutive win and gives the team plenty of momentum heading into the 2013 Ivy League Championships on Thursday Feb. 28 - Saturday, March 2.
Before the home finale began, Columbia honored seniors: Lacey Harris-Coble, Kristin Hehir, Caroline Lukins, Katie Meili and Kristina Parsons.
The first swimming event set a great tone for Columbia with a big performance in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Katie Meili, Mikaila Gaffey, Christina Ray and Lily Morris etched their names in program history with a school and Uris pool record winning time of 1:41.93. The record time broke the previous pool time of 1:42.54 set by the foursome last year and broke the varsity record of 1:42.06 set in 2009.
Alena Kluge set two pool records on the day to lead the Lions. Kluge captured her first victory in the 100 back with a new Uris pool record time of 55.53. She went on to post her second win in the 200 back with a pool and school record time of 1:58.99. Her 200 back time broke the previous time of 1:59.55 set by Lauren Fraley '09CC in 2009.
For the final time in Uris pool, Meili picked up three individual wins in the meet, including two pool records. A time of 23.28 gave her first place in the 50 freestyle and she set a pool record in the 200 breast at 2:12.66. In her last individual event, Meili won the 200 individual medley with another pool record time of 2:00.04
The Lions continued with a strong performance in the 1000 freestyle, as Salena Huang took the event with a personal best time of 9:56.49. Aileen Smith also posted a personal best time of 10:04.41 for second place and Daniela Rueda gave the team a 1-2-3 sweep with a third-place time of 10:10.09
Gaffey grabbed a win in the 100 breast, hitting the wall at 1:03.06. Not far behind was Kristna Parsons in second place with a career best time of 1:05.00. Lukins clocked in at 2:01.41 to take the 200 butterfly and Christna Ray added a win in the 100 free with a personal-best time of 51.53. Huang also came back to the pool to take the 500 freestyle in 4:51.86.
On the boards, Kathleen Furr led the diving core with 284.03 points in the three-meter dive to take the event. Hehir took third in the event with 274.20 points. The one-meter dive saw a second-place finish by Alyssa Menz with 273.31 and another third place finish by Hehir with 266.47 points.
The Lions capped the meet with a pool record time of 1:35.32 in the 200 freestyle relay. The squad of Gaffey, Ray, Huang and Meili broke the previous record of 1:36.89 set in 2009. Columbia improves to 5-2 overall on the season and 4-2 in the Ivy League as they handed the Tigers only their second loss of the season.
Up next, the team travels to Dartmouth for the regular-season finale on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.