| VOL. 23, NO. 18||MARCH 27, 1998 |
Winter Athletes Compete in NCAAs; Are Named All-Ivy
Teuscher Wins 2 NCAA Swimming Championships
|Cristina Teuscher Record Photo by Eileen Barroso.|
ristina Teuscher, CC00, became the first Ivy League woman ever to win a national collegiate swimming championship, when she won the 500-yard freestyle event at the NCAAs last week.
The next day, Teuscher took her second national title when she won the 400-yard individual medley at the University of Minnesota, where the NCAA championships were held Mar. 19 and 20.
Teuscher, of New Rochelle, swam the medley in 4:05.62.
In the 500-yard event, she swam the second fastest time in U.S. history (the record is held by former Stanford swimmer and Olympian, Janet Evans) and set a school record for Columbia and a pool record of 4:35.45.
I was trying to pace myself and not get too excited, she said after the race. Crowds here can get pretty awesome.
Teuscher, who won a gold medal in the 800 freestyle relay in the 1996 summer Olympics, said NCAA championships help prepare swimmers for the Olympics: Crowds like this are what make you or break you in the Olympics. The crowds can really scare you off or get you pumped for a race.
Teuscher has been named to the All-Ivy first teams for the 200 and 500 freestyle and the 200 breast stroke.
In other NCAA news, Columbia fencer Dan Kellner made first team All-America after the Lions finished fourth at the NCAA championships at Notre Dame last weekend.
Also receiving rewards at the end of the winter season are two Columbia basketball players. The Ivy League coaches voted mens captain, junior guard Gary Raimondo, to the All-Ivy second team, and selected womens first-year forward Shawnee Pickney to the All-Ivy rookie team.
The spring sports season has begun, and this weekend will be busy at Baker Field: On Sat., Mar. 28, the baseball team plays Pennsylvania at noon, and the track team begins a meet at 11:00 A.M. in Wien Stadium. Also at noon on Saturday mens tennis faces Princeton. And on Sunday at noon, womens lacrosse takes on Vermont.