Jan. 20, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The LMU swimming team opened competition at the 2012 Beach Cup on Friday, finishing the day in third place after six events, including one diving event. The Lions, who collected 72 points, trail San Diego (107 points) and Fresno State (88 points), but lead Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Pepperdine (26 points).
All three opponents field diving teams, and thus took part in the day's first event, 3-meter diving. Fresno State's Hannah Prigge won the event with a commanding 274.80 points, defeating Pepperdine's Kristin Scribner at 228.40.
The Lions first entered the water in the 200 medley relay as the team of Tammy Choy, Katie Rick, Yvonne Le and Noe Vargas combined to touch the wall in 1:52.49. That quartet actually bested LMU's "A" relay of Sophie Allen, Camille Hopp, Kjirsten Magnuson and Jill Dahle, which finished fifth in 1:52.71. San Diego earned valuable points in the race, claiming first and third places, including a time of 1:48.03 to win the race.
San Diego went 1-2 in the 500 freestyle as Francesca Finucane and Taylor Noonan turned in times of 4:59.45 and 5:05.65, respectively. A pair of Fresno State swimmers followed in third and fourth before LMU's Dahle managed to place fifth at 5:13.89. Mary Kate Short also contributed points for the Lions, placing seventh in 5:19.34.
LMU put a pair of swimmers in the top-five of the 200 individual medley, but San Diego once again finished 1-2 in the race. Mellissa Andruzzi earned top honors at 2:07.55 in front of teammate Sarah Geerdes at 2:08.86. Choy followed for the Lions just more than two seconds later at 2:11.24 to earn six points toward the LMU total. Fellow Lions Rick (fifth place - 2:14.85), Christina Cannata (sixth place - 2:16.10) and Le (eighth place - 2:17.71) all earned points for the Lions in the race.
The reigning MPSF Swimmer of the Week, Magnuson, found herself in an extremely competitive 50 freestyle race, finishing second behind Fresno State's Dani Yoho with a time of 24.65. Yoho won the sprint at 24.11, while Noe Vargas (25.00) and Hopp (25.21) went 5-6 for the Lions. Despite finishing out of the top-two, USD did manage to claim third and fourth to ensure 13 points toward its total.
San Diego finished a strong day in the pool in the 800 freestyle relay, winning the event in 7:45.14. LMU managed to claim second as the team of Dahle, Diana Safa, Cannata and Rick teamed to post a time of 7:56.32 to earn 14 points. A second set of Lions, namely Elizabeth Murray, Short, Angelina Prat and Terry Rinder, combined to finish sixth in 8:14.73.
The Lions will conclude competition at the Beach Cup tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.
- GO LIONS -