Women’s swimming suffered a narrow defeat to Yale on Friday: 158-142 in a contest decided in the final event. Yale and Columbia’s respective top swimmers, seniors Alex Forrester and Katie Meili, each claimed three individual victories. Forrester coasted to easy wins in the 100 back, 50 free, and 100 fly, while Meili was the clear victor in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 individual medley. Columbia swept the latter event, with Meili and juniors Laney Kluge and Corinna Bertelsen going 1-2-3. Bertlesen also placed second to Meili in the 200 breaststroke, and Kluge, junior Grace Senko, and sophomore Lisa Zhang rang in a solid 2-3-4 finish in the 200 backstroke for the Lions. Sophomore Mikaila Gaffery took second in the 50 free, followed by freshmen Christina Ray and Lily Morris in third and fourth position. But Yale took all the relays, topping the Lions in all three contests for major points. A key swimmer for Yale was freshman Eva Fabian, one of the nation’s top open-water swimmers, who won both the 500 and 1000 frees and was runner-up in the 200 fly.
Four seniors reflect on their time at Columbia, and what it means to be leaving these years—and NYC—behind.