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January 23, 2014

Columbia Alone Atop Women's Swimming & Diving Standings

Ivy League Top 10 Performances Through Jan. 22 (PDF)

Photo courtesy of Columbia Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Columbia is 4-0 heading into a match-up this weekend with Brown, while Harvard, Yale and Princeton are all close behind with one loss in the Ivy League women's swimming standings. 

Someone in that three-way tie for second will push forward during the annual H-Y-P meet Feb. 1 and 2 in New Haven. Columbia, which is the top ranked mid-major squad according to CollegeSwimming.com, has already beaten Harvard and Yale, but still faces Princeton on Feb. 7 and hosts Dartmouth on Feb. 9. 

Here is a quick look update on each team:

Brown
The Bears are 5-3 overall and 1-3 in League action. Brown, which will host the Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 20-22, dropped a 172-126 decision to Penn last weekend. Kate Dillione has a pair of "B" cut times this season in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Her 200 freestyle mark of 1:47.56 is the second-fastest in the League this season. In the loss at Penn, Briana Borgolini continued her strong performances of late – claiming titles in both the 100 (1:05.38) and 200 (2:21.07) breaststroke events.  The dual victories marked the second straight week that Borgolini swept the breaststroke events.

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 24 hosting Bryant, Jan. 25 hosting Columbia, Feb. 1 at Cornell, Feb. 8 hosting Yale.  

Columbia 
Columbia is atop the Ancient Eight standings at 4-0. The Lions defeated Cornell, 197-94, last weekend, returning from a six-week hiatus. Christina Ray had a big day for the Lions with a pair of individual victories and a relay win. Ray's first individual win came in the 50 freestyle, clocking in with a time of 23.96. The sophomore went on to take the 100 freestyle, with a time of 51.28. Celia Frick also notched two victories in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Frick put together a solid showing in the 100 breaststroke with a first-place time of 1:02.95, the fourth-fastest time in the Ivy this season.  She continued in the 200 breaststroke to take the event in a time of 2:17.47. Along with Frick's time, the Lions have three of the top four 100 breast times in the League this year. Mikaila Gaffey has the top time at 1:02.43, followed closely by Jennifer Shahar's 1:02.52. Senior standout Alena Kluge has the time 200 IM time in the League this season, recording a 2:00.26. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 25 at Brown, Feb. 1-2 at ECAC Championships, Feb. 7 at Princeton, Feb. 9 hosting Dartmouth. 

Cornell  
The Big Red dropped a 197-147 decision at Columbia last weekend to fall to 5-3 overall, 3-3 in Ivy competition. Big Red diver Manita Herlitz-Ferguson won the three-meter competition and finished second in the 1-meter. She scored a 265.87 to win the three-meter and then recorded a 249.75 in the one-meter competition. Jenna Immormino still has the second-best 50 and 100 freestyle times this season with a pair of "B" cut marks. 

Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 1 hosting Brown. 

Dartmouth
The Big Green picked up its first dual meet win of the season last Sunday, defeating backyard rival Vermont, 200.5-99.5. Dartmouth (1-7, 0-6 Ivy) swept the competition, claiming all three top spots in the one and three meter diving events. Katy Feng won both events and Kendall MacRae and Fiona Weeks split second and third in each event. In all, Dartmouth won seven events on the day. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 24-25 hosting Dartmouth Invitational (at White River Jct., Vt.), Feb. 1 at UConn, Feb. 9 at Columbia. 

Harvard
The Crimson is 4-1 after defeating Penn last weekend. Harvard won 14 events in the dual meet to coast to the win.  Danielle Lee claimed four victories on the day for Harvard, beginning with swimming the first leg of the victorious 200 medley relay unit. She combined with Stephanie Ferrell, Victoria Chan and Deirdre Clute to take home the first event of the day in 1:44.59. Lee has the fastest 200 backstroke time in the league this season with a "B" cut mark of 1:57.6. She also has the second fastest 100 back mark, logging a "B" cut 53.87. 

Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 1-2 at Yale with Princeton, Feb. 8-9 at Virginia Tech Invitational

Penn
The Quakers are 3-5 overall and 2-5 in Ivy action after defeating Brown on Saturday and losing to Harvard on Sunday last weekend. Against Brown last Saturday, Shelby Fortin earned wins in the rare combo of the 100 freestyle and 1000 freestyle. Lauren Church had three wins on the day, including the 100 and 200 backstroke events. Church has the fourth-fastest time in the League in both events this year, including a "B" cut mark in the 100 back. 

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 31 hosting West Chester, Feb. 1 hosting La Salle. 

Princeton
The Tigers have not had a meet since hosting the Big Al Open in early December. During that, they swept Brown and Dartmouth in dual meet scoring to move to 3-1 pon the season. Lisa Boyce, a seven-time Ivy champ in her career, has recorded the top times in the 50 and 100 freestyle this season, logging both during the Big Al Open. She clocked a "B" cut mark of 22.33 in the 50 and a "B" cut mark of 48.91. Boyce also has the top time in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, both of which are also good for a "B" standard. 

Upcoming Schedule: Feb 1-2 at Yale with Harvard, Feb. 7 hosting Columbia.  

Yale
The Bulldogs are 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Ivy action after defeating Dartmouth and Penn in their last outing nearly two weeks ago. The Bulldogs' Eva Fabian won the 500 and 1000 freestyle events in the tri-meet. Fabian has the top times in the Ivy in both of those this season. Her 9:49.17 in the 500 earlier this season is nine seconds faster than anyone else in the League thus far. She also has the top time in the League in the 1650. Freshman Kina Zhou was also a double-winner, sweeping the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 24 at New Hampshire, Feb. 1-2 hosting Princeton and Harvard, Feb. 8 at Brown.