Feb. 2, 2013
The LMU swimming team dropped a pair of decisions to UC Santa Barbara and Pacific on Saturday, falling to UCSB by a count of 176-85 and Pacific at 159-103 at UCSB's Campus Pool. Freshman Kristen Clarno highlighted LMU's individual events, winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.62. The native of Sunnyvale, Calif. also finished third in the 100 backstroke (58.67) and helped LMU to a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
In addition to the second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, LMU also managed to take second in the 200 medley relay. Kjirsten Magnuson, Rachel Dekar, Stephanie Hess and Camille Hopp teamed for a time of 1:48.62 in that race.
Dekar and Magnuson managed the only other top-two finishes for the Lions, with Dekar placing second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.75 and Magnuson taking second in the 50 freestyle at 24.50. Senior Noe Vargas had a very competitive swim in the 200 backstroke, narrowly missing second place with a time of 2:10.95 to finish third.
Dekar and Hopp helped LMU to a 3-4 finish in the 200 breaststroke with times of 2:22.77 and 2:24.72, respectively. Magnuson completed a strong day in the water in the 100 butterfly, turning in a time of 59.58 to claim third overall in the race. Katie Rick was the only other Lion to finish in the top-four, earning fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.51.
LMU will now spend the next two-plus weeks training for the MPSF Championships, which begin on February 20 in Long Beach, Calif.