Bristol, Va. – Columbia College Swim Team split 1-1 over the weekend at King University against the Tornadoes and Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Milligan College. While Columbia finished 96-86 over King they fell 95-101 to the Buffaloes.
- Score: Columbia –96 King U. – 86, Columbia – 95 Milligan – 101
- Location: Bristol, Va.
- Season: Columbia (2-1; 0-1 AAC) | King U. (4-5; NCAA Div. II) | Milligan (2-0; 1-0 AAC)
Columbia trailed both teams heading into the final individual event but a first-place finish from Cassie Adams in the 100 Yard Breaststroke put Columbia within reach of King. Adams finished with a time of 1:13.98 as she swam neck and neck with Jess Vargo of King U. in the first half of the race, the swimmers separated by 0.6 of a second, before pulling away in the last 50 yards to finish nearly a full second ahead of the Tornado swimmer.
Columbia grabbed victory in the final women's event, the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (Da'Nelle Williams, Marianne DeWitt, Haley Stewart, Mackenzie Shannon), with a time of 1:48.08 while sweeping up third place in the same race (Alyssa Wallace, Ashley Sawyer, Michaela Lemmon, Peatsa Littlejohn) with 2:03.54. Although Columbia beat both King and Milligan in the final event, the point gap between the AAC schools was not enough to take the meet overall.
"It was a close meet; each team had a lot of good events," said Coach Gallaher. "Our swimmers contributed to a great overall meet for us. We were able to accomplish what we did because of the depth in each event."
- Columbia finished in the top three in every race during the meet.
- Cassie Adams finished 1st in the 200 Yard Breaststroke
- Columbia took first in the 200 Yard Freestyle
Columbia heads away Saturday, October 28th at AAC opponent Brenau University.