Danicia Ambron
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Danicia Ambron arrived on Columbia University's campus in 1991 as the only recruited female swimmer of the class of 1994. The Great Neck, NY native would prove to be one of the pioneers in the resurgence of Columbia women's swimming. In 1993, Ambron became the first women's swimming Ivy League individual champion in Columbia history. Her school record-setting performances in the 50 freestyle and 200 free relay propelled Columbia to its highest team finish since they began competing in the Ivy League Championships in 1986.

Ambron capped the 1993 season becoming the first-ever women's swimming NCAA qualifier in school history. She went on to compete in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke events that year, earning top 50 finishes in each.

The biology-psychology major was a model student-athlete as a two-time Academic All-Ivy League honoree in 1993 and 1994. By the end of her career at Columbia, Ambron held seven program records, including three individual records in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, and four relays.

The pioneer spirit and motivation Ambron displayed in her years at Columbia continued to drive her outside of the pool. Her love for yoga, which began as an athlete at Columbia, inspired her to open Prana Yoga Studio in New York City in 1998. She closed the doors of the Prana Studio in 2010 when she transitioned her longtime passion for dog rescue and training into the opening of Dog Smiles Training.