Lions Hold Slim Lead at Beach Cup Headed to Diving
LMU won three of the five swimming events on Friday at the 2014 Beach Cup.
Jan. 17, 2014
The LMU swimming team holds a slim lead headed into the diving competition, having won three of five swim events at Burns Aquatics Center on Friday afternoon. The Lions, who do not field a diving team, earned top honors in the 200 medley relay to start competition before Kristen Clarno and Kjirsten Magnuson each won individual events.
The top-12 finishers in the individual events earn points toward the totals, while the relays are scored to eight. Without the diving points, which will be contested Friday evening at El Camino College, LMU leads all teams with 194 points. San Diego sits second at 188, followed by Fresno State at 154 and Pepperdine at 78. All three other schools field at least one diver.
LMU's team of Magnuson, Rachel Dekar, Hannah Calton and Claro combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:46.86, while the Lions also took fourth with a mark of 1:50.20. Fresno State finished second in the race, followed by USD.
Clarno earned 15 individual points in the 200 IM, stopping the clock at 2:07.04 to defeat Sarah Reierson of USD (2:08.59) and LMU's Calton (2:08.64) in a tight race. Calton's third-place finish in the race ensured LMU took two of the top-three spots, as the duo combined to contributed 27 points for the Lions.
LMU once again took two of the top-three in the 50 freestyle, this time with Magnuson (24.27) and Kailee Mora (24.69) pushing the Lions to the stellar finish. Leah Hatayama took second in the sprint, turning in a time of 24.51. Kathleen Gore (25.33) and Lauren Saylor (25.42) also finished in the top-10 before Diana Safa and Dekar both recorded times of 25.77 to split the final point in the race.
Angelina Prat, Clarno, Stacy Maier and Stephanie Horwitz entered the water in the 800 freestyle for LMU, placing second in 7:43.32 behind San Diego's `A' relay of Taylor Noonan, Gwen Walter, Keenan Lineback and Jackie Taylor (7:37.01).
Lineback and Noonan proved crucial for the Toreros on Friday as the duo went 1-2 in the 500 freestyle. Lineback won the event in 5:00.19, followed shortly thereafter by Noonan in 5:01.47. Prat was LMU's top finisher in the race, earning fourth overall in 5:05.31.
Once diving is in the books and the scores are updated, the teams will return to Burns Aquatics Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. to conclude competition.