Four LMU Records Fall on Friday at MPSF Championships
Four LMU swimming records fell on Friday at the MPSF Championships.
Feb. 21, 2014
The LMU swimming team turned in a huge night on Friday at the MPSF Championships as four Lion records fell, including the oldest record on the books in the 100 backstroke set in 2007 by Lauren Mathewson. Kjirsten Magnuson, who broke the 50 freestyle program record yesterday, swam a perfect race to eclipse Mathewson's mark by .04, placing second in the race with a 54.90. Magnuson broke yet another program record 20 minutes later leading off LMU's 400 medley relay joined by Rachel Dekar (breaststroke), Hannah Calton (butterfly) and Kristen Clarno (freestyle). Their time of 3:45.25 sliced .8 off the previous record and placed fifth in the event.
Clarno returned to the water to record her second record-breaking swim, this time doing so in the 400 Individual Medley. Clarno shattered the program record by 1.5 seconds, stopping the clock in 4:24.64 to win the Consolation final and place ninth overall in the event. Calton also had a double record day after breaking her own 100 butterfly record in the morning preliminaries with a 55.46, qualifying for the Championship final in which she placed seventh. Dekar, who set the LMU record in the 100 breaststroke at last year's MPSF Championships, placed fourth in the Championship final, a tenth of a second off her previous mark.
Eleven Lions made it back into the evening finals - an all-time high for LMU swimmers in the very competitive MPSF Conference. Angelina Prat joined Clarno in the 400 IM, placing 20th, while Kailee Mora, Lise Soule and Kristen Brennand battled in the 100 butterfly Bonus Consolation en route to finishing 19th, 20th and 22nd. Stephanie Horwitz placed 20th in the 200 freestyle, and Mary Kate Reid won the Bonus Consolation in the 100 breaststroke in 17th place, followed by senior Marlena Nip in 23rd. Sofia Abrate rounded-out the Lions in the finals, placing 24th in the 100 backstroke.
In the morning preliminaries, Kathleeen Gore achieved her second personal-best of the meet in the 100 butterfly (59.43), as did Lauren Saylor in the 200 freestyle (1:55.60).
The MPSF Championships conclude on Saturday.