Lions Win PCSC Relays, Pentathlon
LMU finished first at the PCSC Relays and Pentathlon last weekend.
Oct. 10, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The LMU swimming team opened the 2011 season with a bang last weekend, claiming first place at both the PCSC Relays and PCSC Pentathlon in Fresno, Calif. The Lions topped eight other squads in the relays, posting 118 points to beat second-place finisher Cal Baptist at 91. LMU went on to an even better performance in the Pentathlon, finishing with 763.5 points compared to second-place Fresno Pacific at 440. The weekend was highlighted by senior Tammy Choy's second consecutive victory in the long medley pentathlon.
In Friday's relay meet, LMU won six of 10 relays, including setting meet records in two. The 800 freestyle relay, composed of seniors Christina Cannata, Yvonne Le, and Jill Dahle, along with sophomore Mary Kate Short, finished with a record mark of 7:54.60. In addition, the 200 freestyle team of freshmen Kjirsten Magnuson and Diana Safa, and juniors Camille Hopp and Noe Vargas, touched the wall in 1:38.39 to set a new meet record. That same foursome also won the 400 freestyle relay (3:35.85) by three seconds, stopping the clock within .8 seconds of the meet record of 3:35.15 set by an LMU squad in 2007.
The other three winning relays were the 300 butterfly relay (Angelina Prat, Choy, Le - 3:00.83), 400 medley relay (Choy, Hopp, Le, Sophie Allen - 4:01.19), and 4 x 100 individual medley (Choy, Le, Dempsey Haynosch, Allen - 4:11.31).
In Saturday's pentathlon races, Choy defended her title by winning the long medley pentathlon, followed by fellow seniors Le in second and Cannata in third. Choy accumulated the highest point total by placing first in the 100 backstroke (1:00.00) and 200 individual medley (2:12.80), second in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.44), third in the 100 butterfly (1:01.30), and 10th in the 100 freestyle (56.28).
Magnuson was the top Lion in the sprint medley pentathlon, placing second to Fresno Pacific's three time All-American Cheyenne Coffman. Magnuson placed second to Coffman in four of the five events, including the 50 butterfly (26.19), 50 backstroke (27.71), 50 freestyle (24.09) and 100 individual medley (1:00.91). Hopp also shined for LMU, posting a time of 30.88 in the 50 breaststroke to win that event. In addition to Magnuson, four other Lions placed in the Top-10 of the sprint medley pentathlon. Hopp placed fifth, while Allen, Haynosch and Stephanie Hess went seven, eight and nine, respectively.
Short led the Lions in the freestyle pentathlon with a third-place finish by winning the 500 freestyle (5:16.03), finishing sixth in the 25 yard freestyle (12.22), and placing seventh in the 200 freestyle (2:00.82) and 100 freestyle (55.45). Junior Noelani Vargas was fourth overall in the freestyle pentathlon, placing first in the sprint 25 freestyle (11.28), third in the 100 freestyle (54.86), and sixth in the 50 freestyle (25.04). Rounding-out a stellar performance for the Lions, Dahle picked up seventh place in the pentathlon, followed by the freshman Safa in ninth place.
The Lions will return to action on October 21 when they travel to Malibu, Calif. to participate in the two-day Malibu Invitational.