Green Wave Crashes Over Lions at Home, 147-115
The LMU swimming team dropped a dual meet to Tulane on Friday at Burns Aquatics Center.
Jan. 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU swimming team dropped a dual meet to visiting Tulane on Friday at Burns Aquatics Center, 147-115. The Lions won five of the 12 individual events on the day to keep things close, but Tulane took both the 400 medley and 200 freestyle relays to bookend the day en route to 22 crucial points.
Senior Camille Hopp led the way for the Lions, winning all three of her individual events, namely the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and 50 freestyle. The native of Mission Viejo, Calif. snapped a string of four straight victories for Tulane to start the meet, touching the wall in 1:05.01 to claim first in the 100 breaststroke. Teammate Rachel Dekar was a close second at 1:05.22 as the Lions claimed first, second and fourth (Hallie Hengels - 1:08.64) in the race. LMU went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle as Hopp turned in a time of 24.05 to join forces with sophomore Kjirsten Magnuson (24.11) atop the board. Hopp's final victory came in the 200 breaststroke, earning a time of 2:21.09 to once again out-touch Dekar in second at 2:22.41. LMU completed the trifecta when senior Stephanie Hess touched the wall in 2:30.02 for third.
Junior Angelina Prat and freshman Kristen Clarno rounded out the first-place finishers for the Lions on Friday as Prat won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:11.21 to hand LMU nine points in the team score. Clarno proved superior in the final individual event of the day, the 400 individual medley, running away with the race and stopping the clock in 4:36.92. After Roni Meyer from Tulane took second in 4:42.48, junior Mary Kate Short claimed third in a season-best 4:43.32.
Other top-three finishes for the Lions included Short's 11:04.99 in the 1,000 freestyle to take third, Katie Rick's season-best 1:56.67 to earn second in the 200 freestyle, Sophie Allen's second-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (59.38) and 200 backstroke (season-best 2:08.27), Clarno's 53.88 in the 100 freestyle to claim third, and freshman Stephanie Horwitz's third-place swim in the 500 freestyle with a season-best mark of 5:12.41.
Although Tulane won both relay events, LMU did manage to finish second and third in each of the races. Allen, Dekar, Kristen Brennand and Clarno teamed for a time of 3:54.82 in the 400 medley relay, narrowly defeated by a quartet of Green Wave swimmers at 3:54.59. Hopp, Allen, Noelani Vargas and Magnuson swam the "A" relay for the Lions in the 200 freestyle, taking second with a time of 1:38.19.
LMU will return to action tomorrow when it travels to UC San Diego to swim against UCSD and CSU Bakersfield at Noon.
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