Yale vs. Columbia

NEW YORK, New York, November 9. COLUMBIA broke a Uris Pool record and placed first in 11 of 16 events in a 173-127 victory over Yale in the season opener for both teams.

The season got underway with flair for the Lions as the 200 medley relay squad shattered a four-year-old pool record by more than half a second. Junior Lauren Fraley (back), senior Amy Krakauer (breast), sophomore Allison Hobbs (fly) and junior Hannah Galey (free) swam 1:45.60 to handily win the event.

"We were just ready to race and display the great training we have done thus far," said Diana Caskey, head swim coach. "Breaking a pool record in the opening event is, hopefully, a harbinger of things to come."

It was the first of two pool records to fall in the meet, as Yale's Susan Kim swam 2:17.79 to take first in the 200 breaststroke, surpassing the previous mark of 2:18.90 set by Cristina Teuscher ‘00CC in 1998.

Columbia jumped out to a 28-8 lead after two events as juniors Shannon Hosey and Joanna Corby turned in a one-two finish, respectively, on the three-meter board to open the meet. Hosey scored 270.675 to best the field of six, while Corby totaled 245.85. The tandem also finished first and second on the one-meter board. Hosey posted a six-dive score of 253.28 and Corby finished with 233.10.

In the swim events, Galey won two individual events in addition to anchoring two first-place relays. In the 200 free, she held an early lead, fell behind at the 150, but rallied to win in 1:53.38. She went on to win the 100 free in 52.19.

Columbia posted a 1-2-3 sweep of the 100 back, led by Fraley in 58.29. Urubshurow was second in 58.81 and Bridgette McCabe swam 59.14 for third.

The Lions followed that up with a 1-2 showing in the 100 breast. First-year Mariele Dunn, a double-winner in her first collegiate meet, was first to the wall in 1:04.91, followed by senior co-captain Amy Krakauer in 1:05.08. Dunn also won the 200 individual medley in 2:08.75.

The team score stood at 86-64 in Columbia's favor at the midpoint of the meet following a 1-2 finish for Yale in the 50 free.

The Lions posted another 1-2 finish in the 200 back as Delghir Urubshurow swam 2:05.16 to win the event, followed by Bridgette McCabe in 2:05.69. Sophomore Allison Hobbs capped the Lions' individual event triumphs with a time of 57.79 in the 100 fly.

Columbia bookended the meet with a win in the 400 free relay in 3:31.74. Christina Hughes, Urubshurow, Fraley and Galey led from the second leg on in the win.

"It was a total team effort," Caskey noted. "We had great performances across the board. To succeed at the Ivy League Championships, we will need this kind of depth."

The Lions return to action Friday, Novemeber 16 in a home meet vs. Harvard at 1:30 p.m.

Special thanks to Columbia for contributing this report.