Kozlowski, Calton Reach Championship Finals
Hannah Calton placed second overall in the 100 butterfly, while Lanna Kozlowski placed eighth in the 400 IM.
Competing in Championship Finals, senior Hannah Calton placed second overall in the 100 butterfly (55.47), while freshman Lanna Kozlowski took eighth overall in the 400 IM (4:37.76) as the Lions reached 16 evening finals on Friday night from the 2017 PCSC Championships being held at East LA College.
After three days of competition, LMU sits sixth of 12 teams with 483.5 points. UC San Diego (1051), Fresno Pacific (794.5) and Cal State East Bay (689.5) make up the top-three.
In addition to Calton and Kozlowski, six other Lions reached B-Consolation Finals on Friday night, as Olivia Nielsen turned in the ninth-best time in LMU history for the 100 butterfly, stopping the clock at 57.43 to take third in the race (11th overall). Stacy Maier placed second in the B-Final of the 200 freestyle (10th overall) with a time of 1:54.62 before Marley Abbott turned in a time of 1:06.86 in the 100 breaststroke to finish third in her race (11th overall). Taylor Anderson and Alyce-Faye Eichelberger managed to climb the LMU rankings in the 100 backstroke, as Anderson collected the seventh-best time in LMU history (57.74) to win the B-Final. Eichelberger registered a time of 58.16 to shave a tick off her previous best and remain 10th-fastest in LMU history. Gabby Carufel made it three Lions in the backstroke B-Final, posting a time of 1:00.02 to take seventh (15th overall).
Christine Chan and Lia Porcelli Jorgensen reached the C-Final in the 100 butterfly, with Chan placing fourth in the race (20th overall) in 59.73. Jorgensen managed a personal-best 59.62 in the prelims to qualify for the event before swimming a 1:00.17 to take eighth (24th overall). Lauren Akin stopped the clock at 2:01.45 in the C-Final of the 200 freestyle, while Mary Schell and Samantha Smith posted personal-best times in preliminary races to qualify for C-Finals in their events. Schell had a time of 1:09.64 in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke before taking fifth in the final (1:09.81, 21st overall). Smith earned her final appearance in the 100 backstroke, logging a 1:00.07 in the prelims before taking seventh in the final (23rd overall) with a time of 1:00.76. Tori Yee followed shortly after Smith in the final of the 100 backstroke, placing eighth (24th overall) in 1:01.32.
Nicole Schiel and Nielsen contributed the last two finals appearances for LMU on Friday, reaching D-Finals in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively. Schiel swam a personal-best 1:01.51 in the prelims before placing sixth in the final (30th overall) with a time of 1:01.65. Nielsen followed with a time of 1:04.73 to take eighth (32nd overall) in the 100 backstroke.
Keara Reilly also had a notable time in the 200 freestyle preliminary race, as she turned in a mark of 1:58.89 to set a new personal best.
The lone relay of the night saw the Lions finish fourth overall in the 400 medley, posting a time of 3:54.49.
Saturday’s final day of competition will include the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 100 IM, 1650 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay events.
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