Magnuson, Calton Smash Two More Records, Lions Win 400 Free Relay
Two more LMU records fell on the final day of the PCSC Championships.
Senior Kjristen Magnuson ended her stellar LMU swimming career Saturday night by lowering her LMU program record in the 200 backstroke by over 2.5 seconds with a 1:59.45. Sophomore Hannah Calton had a big night of her own, winning the 200 butterfly with a 2:02.66, after slicing over 1.5 seconds off the LMU program record in the morning preliminaries with a 2:00.40.
Magnuson battled stroke-for-stroke with UCSD standout Julia Toronczak, who touched just .3 ahead of Magnuson to win the race. Magnuson would even the score later in the evening by combining with teammates Calton, Kristen Clarno and Kristen Brennand to upset UCSD in the 400 freestyle relay to conclude the four day competition.
Magnuson, who won the 100 backstroke on Friday and the 50 freestyle on Thursday (with new PCSC and LMU program records) was named PCSC Swimmer of the Meet, while Head Coach Bonnie Adair was named PCSC Coach of the Meet.
LMU would finish second to UCSD in the team scoring with 1,222 points to UCSD's 1453, well ahead of third place Cal State East Bay (824). WCC rival Pepperdine finished in seventh with 643 points.
Saturday's session began with a tribute to the senior swimmers from the 12 PCSC programs. LMU's seven seniors, Kjirsten Magnuson, Isabel Casso, Hailey Chisholm, Kathleen Gore, Diana Safa, Lise Soule and Maddie Vanderpoel would all wear their LMU suits and swim caps for one last time during the evenings finals.
In the first event of the evening, the 1650 freestyle, LMU placed two swimmers in the top eight. Stephanie Horwitz took fourth place in a personal-best time of 17:31.96 slightly ahead of Vanderpoel in fifth, who would end her career with her third personal-best time of the competition and ranked fifth-fastest in LMU history in the 1650 freestyle, fifth in the 1000 freestyle and eighth in the 500 freestyle. Freshman Maddie Lipkowitz, and senior team captain Hailey Chisholm, also scored points for the Lions in the "mile" event finishing 12th and 18th.
Joining Magnuson in the Championship Final of the 200 backstroke was Kristen Clarno. Clarno finished seventh overall in the race, with a time of 2:04.63. She currently holds the fourth-fastest time in LMU history in the even. A trio of Lions raced in the Consolation Final led by Stacy Maier who won the heat placing ninth overall with a personal-best time of 2:05.14, eighth-fastest in LMU history. Sofia Abrate placed 11th and LMU newcomer Lia Jorgansen from Denmark placed 14th. Both Abrate and Jorgensen achieved personal-best times in the morning preliminaries, with Abrate holding her position with the 10th-fastest time in LMU history.
In the 100 freestyle, Brennand qualified in her second Championship Final of the meet, placing fifth with a personal-best time of 51.96, the eighth-fastest time in LMU history. Safa swam her final race as a Lion, placing 27th with a season-best time of 53.65. In the 200 breaststroke that followed, Mary Kate Reid concluded her break-through junior campaign by shaving another two seconds off her personal-best (over six seconds since the beginning of the season) with a 2:20.50 to place sixth in the Championship Final. Reid now has the third-fastest time in LMU history. Kailee Mora placed 11th in the event, dropping her personal-best time in the morning prelims by over 3.5 to a 2:23.09 to become the sixth-fastest in LMU history.
The Lions placed extremely well in the 200 butterfly behind Calton's win, with Soule, in her last race as a Lion, taking 6th place in the Championship Final and a trio of Lions scoring in the Consolation Final led by Gore who won the heat by placing ninth overall and slicing over three seconds off her personal-best with a 2:07.93 - the ninth-fastest in program history. Stephanie Schuffels and Tori Yee followed in 13th and 16th.
LMU finished the night with the upset victory in the 400 freestyle relay, with the quartet of Magnuson, Clarno, Calton and Brennand out touching UCSD by half a second, 3:25.96 to 3:26.42 The relay victory was an appropriate conclusion to one of the best all-around team performances in LMU history, resulting in five Championship titles, four new LMU program records and over 30 personal-best times over the four day event.
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