Lions Fall to Cal State Bakersfield, 115.5-102.5
The Lions dropped their final dual meet.
Feb. 7, 2009
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The LMU swim team dropped its final dual meet of the season on Saturday, falling to Cal State Bakersfield by a count of 115.5-102.5. The Lions, who rested a few swimmers due to the upcoming Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships, and Roadrunners competed to a fairly evenly matched meet, but LMU was hindered when Bakersfield was able to score in diving events, as LMU does not field a diving team.
The day started with a wire-to-wire race in the 200 yard medley relay, which the Lions won in 1:52.86, just .01 seconds faster than CSUB's time of 1:52.87. The team of Dempsey Haynosch, Tammy Choy, Yvonne Le and Alexa Cook teamed to post the top mark in the race.
Christina Cannata was the top finisher for LMU in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:16.74, just over a second slower than Roadrunner Stephanie Donnelly at 2:15.12.
With no LMU divers to contend with, the CSUB trio of Victoria Kreutz, Hannah Yoder and Melanie Sloan added valuable points to the team total, starting with the one meter dive at event number five on the day.
Dahlquist and Choy teamed to claim first and second in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 59.97 and 1:01.22, in that order. Le won second place in the 100 freestyle, claiming a mark of 55.31 behind Bakersfield's McCall at 54.19.
After Donnelly won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.92, Haynosch (1:01.83), Kristen Lutjen (1:04.40) and Rinder (1:06.70) finished second through fourth overall.
The Lions once again claimed first and second in a race in event nine of the day, the 200 freestyle. O. Plume won the event with a mark of 1:57.29, followed shortly by teammate Jill Dahle at 1:58.81.
After Bakersfield claimed points in the three meter diving event, Choy won second place in the 100 breaststroke, turning in a time of 1:10.07. Lexie Kelly won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.01, just out-touching Choy and the Lions.
The day's final event, the 200 freestyle relay, saw LMU defeat Bakersfield by nearly five seconds with a time of 1:41.49. Dahle, Cannata, Dahlquist and O. Plume teamed to post the time.
LMU returns to action at the PCSC Championships from February 18-21 in Long Beach, Calif.