Calton Places Fourth in 200 IM
Hannah Calton reached the Championship Final of the 200 IM on Thursday.
Highlighting LMU's efforts on Thursday from the 2017 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships being held at East LA College, senior Hannah Calton reached the Championship Final of the 200 IM, eventually taking fourth overall in a time of 2:04.84.
With two days complete at the Championships, LMU sits sixth with 269.5 points. UC San Diego (655), Fresno Pacific (530.5) and Azusa Pacific (405) lead the pack of 12 women's programs.
Nine other Lions also reached evening finals, with a trio of swimmers qualifying for B-Consolation Finals. Lanna Kozlowski and Stacy Maier both swam in the Consolation Final of the 500 freestyle, with Kozlowski placing third in that race (11th overall) with a personal-best time of 5:03.14. That mark places sixth all time in LMU's record book. Maier, who swam an impressive 5:09.31 to qualify in the prelims, followed in eighth (16th overall) with a time of 5:12.15. Alyce-Faye Eichelberger was the final Lion to reach a Consolation Final, turning in a personal-best time of 24.08 in the 50 freestyle to claim second in that race (10th overall).
Keara Reilly reached the C-Final in the 500 freestyle, finishing fourth in that race (20th overall) with a personal-best mark of 5:09.20. Lia Porcelli Jorgensen and Christine Chan qualified for the C-Final in the 200 IM, with Chan posting a personal-best 2:15.02 in the preliminary swim and Jorgensen placing third in the final race (19th overall) with a time of 2:12.52. Marley Abbott and Taylor Anderson reached the C-Final in the 50 freestyle, with Abbott turning in a time of 24.52 to finish fifth in the race (21st overall). Anderson followed shortly after with the seventh-best time (23rd overall) at 24.62, a tick off her personal-best preliminary time of 24.61.
Samantha Smith was the last Lion to reach an evening final, registering a personal-best time of 25.11 in the prelims of the 50 freestyle before stopping the clock at 25.30 to finish eighth (32nd overall) in the D-Final.
In the only relay event of the day, LMU's 200 freestyle relay placed fifth overall. The team of Eichelberger, Abbott, Maier and Anderson combined for a time of 1:36.60.
Other personal-best times from Thursday came in the 200 IM and 50 freestyle. Gabby Carufel narrowly missed reaching an evening final in the 200 IM, turning in a time of 2:16.98. Maya Loventhal and Nicole Schiel also improved their times with marks of 2:17.24 and 2:22.48, respectively. The 50 freestyle saw Mary Schell (25.68), Tori Yee (25.32), Lauren Akin (25.66) and Olivia Nielsen (25.97) all set new personal marks.
Friday's events will feature the 400 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Evening finals for those events will begin at 4:30 p.m.
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