HANOVER, New Hampshire, February 12. THE Columbia women's swimming & diving team ended the 2011 dual meet season with a decisive win over Dartmouth, as the Lions downed the Big Green in Hanover, N.H., 170-140.
Columbia opened the meet with a sweep of the top two spots in the 200 medley relay, as the team of Alena Kluge, Annie Perizzolo, Caroline Lukins and Lacey Harris-Coble took the top spot with a time of 1:47.12. The Columbia team of Dorothy Baker, Mariele Dunn, Kristina Parsons and Katie Meili took second in 1:48.64, giving the Lions an early 15-2 lead on Dartmouth. Columbia continued to dominate, as the Lions also took the top three spots in the 1000 free. Junior Isabelle Vandenbroucke won the event in 10:10.54, while sophomore Molly Dengler took second in 10:18.41, and first-year Aileen Smith came in third in 10:18.52.
Kluge had a top finish for the Lions in the 100 back, as she took first in 58.37, while Harris-Coble snatched the second spot, hitting the wall in 59.16. Columbia had another sweep in the 100 breast, as Perizzolo, Dunn and fellow senior Amanda Stewart went 1-2-3, coming in at 1:05.81, 1:06.43 and 1:06.98 respectively. Meili added another first place finish for Columbia heading into the diving break, as she took the top spot in the 50 free, in 23.49.
Columbia had strong performances from the divers, as first-year Kathleen Furr took second place in both the 3m and 1m, and junior Stephanie Foster finished third in the 3m.
Meili made it two for two in the second half of the meet, as she opened it with a win for Columbia in the 100 free, coming in at 52.14. And Perizzolo won her second event of the night, as she won the 200 breast by a full three seconds, in 2:22.63. Sophomore Lukins added one more win to the pile in the 100 fly, as she took the top spot in 56.74.
With the win, the Lions end the dual meet season with a 5-3 overall record and 3-3 in the Ivy League. Up next are the 2011 Ivy League Championships, which will take place in Princeton, Thursday, February 24 to Saturday, February 26.
The Columbia men's swimming & diving team finished the dual meet season with a winning record, as the Lions down Dartmouth in New Hampshire, 168-132. With the win, Columbia ends the 2010-11 dual meet season 6-4 overall, and 4-3 in the Ivy League.
The Lions opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, as the squad of Johnny Bailey, Matthew Swallow, Bruno Esquen and Adam Powell came in at 1:33.54. Senior Hyun Lee added more points to the Lions total as he won the 200 free, in 1:39.96, and then added more when he won the 200 fly in 1:52.28. Powell finished his senior season perfect in the 50 and 100 free, as he won the 50 in 20.35, and the 100 in 44.83. Both of those times were new Dartmouth pool records.
Sophomore diver Jason Collazo had a win in the men's 3m and 1m diving, while Lee made it three top finishes, taking the 500 free in 4:31.54. The Lions closed it out with a win in the 400 free relay, as Lee, Daniel Tan, John Wright and Powell won the event in 3:04.34.
Up next for the Lions are the 2011 ECAC championships, which will take place in Pittsburgh, Pa., Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27. Following that, the Lions gear up for the biggest meet of the season, the 2011 Ivy League Championships, which will take place at Harvard, Thursday, March 3 to Saturday, March 5.
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