Lions Enter Final Day of MPSF Championship Following Productive Friday
LMU will finish competition at the MPSF Championships on Saturday.
Feb. 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After a couple of tough days, Friday was far more productive for LMU at the 2012 MPSF Championships being held at East Los Angeles College. Senior Tammy Choy led the Lion charge by qualifying for the Championship final in the 100 backstroke with a personal-best time of 56.70, third-fastest in LMU history.
The 200 freestyle relay was also a highlight, placing fourth out of 10 teams, in spite of having top sprinter, Kjirsten Magnuson, on the sidelines. Camille Hopp, who on Thursday tied Anne Scott's program record in the individual event with a 23.21, led off the relay followed by junior Noelani Vargas, sophomore Katie Rick and senior Jillian Dahle. According to Head Coach Bonnie Adair, "It was a very exciting relay and a great way to head into the final day of competition."
Dahle earlier qualified for the Consolation final in the 200 freestyle, dropping her personal-best time by almost a full second to a 1:51.99 and placing 13th overall. Hopp also scored points for the Lions by winning the Consolation final in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:03.94. Rick and junior Stephanie Hess also qualified to swim in the bonus consolation and placed 19th and 21st. Rick's time in the preliminaries of 1:06.48 was also a lifetime-best time and sixth on LMU's All-time Top-10 list.
Vargas and Junior Sophie Allen joined Choy in the evening finals of the 100 backstroke, with Allen swimming in the Consolation final placing 12th and Vargas swimming in the bonus Consolation placing 18th with a lifetime-best time of 58.61.
Friday's finals began with the 400 individual medley which had two Lions, senior Christina Cannata and sophomore Mary Kate Short, swimming in the Bonus Consolation. They placed 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
Saturday should be a strong day for the Lions, who are battling for sixth place with UOP, CSUB, and Northern Colorado. Five individual events will be contested along with the 400 freestyle relay.