Women swim and dive roll after two days at ECACs

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EAST MEADOW, NY – After two days of competition at the ECAC Winter Championships in New York State, the women’s swimming and diving team currently ranks first with a team score of 1384. Second place is currently UMBC with a score of 722. The Lions excel as a team and have also put in some record-breaking individual performances.

Emily MacDonald broke a school record in the 50-free to take first place in the event with a time of 22.66. This would also break the ECAC record in the 50 free, as would Isabelle Arevalo who finished in second place, close behind her teammate with a time of 22.91.

In total, the team broke eight ECAC records on the first day. Aziza Ganihanova (4:47.73) won the 500 free and set a new record. Karen Liu would claim first place in the 200-IM, with a record of 2:00.93. The Lions’ relay teams would set the other three records, as they went on to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:31.67) and the 400 individual medley relay (3:43.04).

Day two was much the same for Columbia as the team maintained momentum and continued to do well throughout the event.

The Lions started the day with a victory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:42.44.

In the 400-IM, Allison Martin won her first event of the competition, clocking in 4:21.44, just ahead of teammate Julia Unas who took second.

MacDonald continued her East Meadow dominance and won another event. This time it was the 100-fly (54.99).

Olivia Jubin (1:48.39) took first place in the 200 free to take her first win of the weekend.

Ashley Hu joined the party during the 100 breasts, beating her teammate Allegra Walker to finish first with a time of 1:02.85.

The Lions closed out day two with their fourth relay win of the weekend, placing first in the 800 free relay with an impressive time of 7:28.25.

“The Columbia women impressed from the first race on Friday morning through the 800 free relays tonight,” said head coach Diana Caskey. “It’s exciting to have so many inspiring performances and such great momentum. The team is excited to finish strong in the remaining two sessions tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, the women’s divers have competed in the Big Al Invitational hosted by Princeton University in New Jersey this weekend. Macy Pine placed sixth in the 3m championship yesterday with a score of 254.15. Today Alice Diakova became eighth on the 1m boards and scored 229.90.

ON DECK – The last day of the ECAC Winter Championships is tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. with prelims. The divers will compete in New Jersey’s platform diving competition tomorrow.

KEEPING UP WITH THE LIONS – For the latest on Columbia’s swim and dive program, follow @CULionsWSD and @CULionsDiving on Instagram and Twitter, and on the web at GoColumbiaLions.com.

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