A Record Performance From Meili Paces The Lions At Day Two Of Ivy League Championships
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Katie Meili continued her record-setting showing at this year's Ivy League championship meet, capturing another Ivy League title in the 100 yard breaststroke in day two to lead Columbia.
With an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 59.64, Meili set a Blodgett Pool, school, championship meet, and all-time Ivy League record en route to her victory in the event. She became the first woman in Ivy League history to break the one minute mark in the event. So far the standout swimmer has earned four Ivy League titles through two days of the meet, helping the Lions maintain a fourth place standing.
One of the early sparks for Columbia came in the 400 yard individual medley behind a third place finish in the championship final by Laney Kluge. Kluge hit the wall with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:18.61. Sophomore Grace Senko added points for the Lions in the event, taking a third place finish in the bonus final with a time of 4:26.81.
First-year Chacha Bugatti continued her impressive showing in her first Ivy League championship meet with a second place finish in the championship final of the 1000 yard freestyle, with a time of 9:53.42. Bugatti went on to join Meili, first-year Salena Huang, and senior Isabelle Vandenbroucke to earn a third place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay with a NCAA 'B' time of 7:21.23 to cap the day's events.
Columbia currently stands in fourth place, tallying 716 points through day two. The Lions look to make a push in the final day of the Ivy League Championships on Saturday, February 25 at Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.