Women's Swimmers Fall in Season Opener to Columbia, 177-123

Women's Swimmers Fall in Season Opener to Columbia, 177-123

Nov. 14, 2003

In its season opener, the women's swim team fell to Columbia in New York by the score of 177-123. Paige Harazin earned first place in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, while Melanie Loftus won the 3-meter diving competition.

Becca Knicely and Moira McCloskey recorded firsts in the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke, respectively, to give Yale first place finishes in five events overall.

Harazin won the 200 freestyle by nearly three seconds, with her tim eof 1:53.90 defeating Columbia's Kathryn Taylor. In the 100 free, Harazin finished with a time of 0:51.87 to earn her second bullet of the day.

With times of 0:58.61 and 0:58.77, Knicely and teammate Meg Gill finished 1-2 in the 100 butterfly, with captain Amy Hancock coming in fifth with a 0:59.96 finish.

Despite finishing third in the one-meter diving, Loftus came in first in the 3-meter competition with a score of 259.275. Kathleen McKeon earned second in the one-meter and fourth from the higher board.

McCloskey performed well in her first collegiate meet, grabbing a victory in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.02 and finishing second in the 100 backstroke in 0:58.81, just 5 hundredths of a second behind Columbia's Emily Seidman.

Dapna Shafir earned second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.41, followed by Hancock (2:09.09) and Liz Berger (2:10.25) in the event.

The Elis travel to College Park next weekend for the Maryland Invitational.

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