Lions Earn Share of First at PCSC Relays
LMU recorded 109 points to share first place with Grand Canyon University.
Oct. 12, 2012
LA MIRADA, Calif. -
The LMU swimming team came out strong in its first competition of the year, earning a split of first place with Grand Canyon University by scoring 109 points at the PCSC Relays being hosted by Biola University on Friday. The Lions won five races overall, including going 1-2 in the 500 freestyle relay.
Noelani Vargas, Kjirsten Magnuson, Samantha Moody and Kristen Clarno teamed to post a 4:40.69 in the 500, while the team of Lauren Saylor, Hallie Hengels, Katie Rick and Stephanie Horwitz finished right behind them at 4:42.69 to claim second. Other first-place finishes for the Lions included the 300 backstroke (2:56.76) from Magnuson, Vargas, Sophie Allen and Sofia Abrate, the 200 breastroke relay (3:21.13) from Camille Hopp, Hengels, Rick and Stephanie Hess, and the 400 medley relay (3:56.63) from Allen, Rachel Dekar, Kristen Brennand and Clarno.
In what likely was a PA announcer's nightmare of a lineup, LMU's Kristen Brennand, Kristen Clarno, Stephanie Hess and Kjirsten Magnuson combined to win the 400 individual medley relay with a time of 4:04.69.
In addition to the first-place finishes, LMU posted four second-place finishes and three third-place finishes. The Lions went 2-3 in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle events. Hopp, Magnuson, Vargas and Saylor teamed to place second in the 200 freestyle in 1:38.66, while Allen, Rick, Diana Safa and Moody took third in 1:41.88. Clarno, Rick, Vargas and Brennand took silver in the 400 by stopping the clock at 3:34.45, followed in third by Saylor, Dekar, Murray and Horwitz at 3:43.38.
LMU's final second-place victories came in the 300 butterfly relay (3:00.92 - Moody, Brennand, Prat and Murray) and 800 freestyle relay (8:01.94 - Murray, Safa, Mary Kate Short and Prat).
After LMU and Grand Canyon placed first, Pepperdine took third (54 points), followed by Cal Baptist (41), Fresno Pacific (40), Azusa Pacific (25), Biola (14) and Concordia (13). Action from La Mirada continues tomorrow with the PCSC Pentathlon.