With a dual meet set to be decided in the final race on Saturday afternoon, LMU swimming went 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay to earn a 138-123 victory on the road at Dixie State. LMU's A relay of Taylor Anderson, Farah Stack, Alyce-Faye Eichelberger and Isabel Willis combined for a time to 3:40.92 to win the race, followed by teammates Marley Abbott, Anna Gasiorowsi, Natalie Morlock and Caitlin Ryan in 3:46.64.
The Lions held a lead headed into the final individual event of the afternoon, the 200 IM, but Dixie State managed to go 1-2 in that race to steal valuable points and force an eventful final race. Anna Ward took top honors for the Trailblazers, stopping the clock in 2:17.10, followed by teammate Mycah Ellis in 2:18.79. Abby Chopp wasn't far behind for the Lions, earning a time of 2:18.91.
The Lions managed to win six individual events on the afternoon, beginning with Lanna Kozlowski's first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle. The sophomore stopped the clock in 11:03.64 before teammate Keara Reilly touched in 11:18.69 to finish second. The duo would again show its strength in the 500 freestyle, going 1-2 in the race with times of 5:23.95 and 5:31.73, respectively.
Willis also earned a top honor, taking first place in the 200 freestyle. The junior just out-touched Dixie State's Megan Ruppenthal with a time of 1:59.15 to her opponent's 1:59.88. Anderson followed in third place, touching the wall in 2:00.93.
Eichelberger was the next Lion to win a race, taking first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.12. Chopp made it a 1-2 finish for LMU, turning in a time of 1:00.67 before Caitlin Ryan, making her Lion debut, took fourth in 1:00.97.
Anderson and Audrey Hixon once again helped LMU to a 1-2 finish, this time taking the top two spots in the 200 backstroke. Anderson won the race in 2:13.07, followed by Hixon at 2:14.14. Senior Tori Yee placed fourth overall in 2:18.18.
Olivia Nielsen was the final Lion to win a race, teaming with Chopp to go 1-2 in the 100 butterfly. Nielsen turned in a time of 1:01.05, followed by Chopp at 1:02.62. Christine Chan also finished in the top four, taking fourth with a mark of 1:03.71.
While they missed first-place finishes in the 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle, LMU did manage to take second and third in each of those races. Nielsen (2:20.39) and Taylor Pajunen (2:21.73) took those spots in the 200 butterfly, while Gasiorowski (25.97) and Ryan (26.00) placed there in the 50 freestyle.
Other second-place finishes for the Lions included LMU's relay in the 200 medley, and Willis in the 100 freestyle (55:58).
While competing against Dixie State was on the top of the priority list, LMU also managed to find time to hike in Zion National Park. The photo at the top of this article was taken on that hike.
LMU will next compete at the PCSC Pentathlon from La Mirada Splash on October 7. Action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
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