Lions Win PCSC Pentathlon
LMU swimmers combined for 730 points to claim first place.
Oct. 14, 2012
LA MIRADA, Calif. -
The LMU swimming program concluded a solid weekend on Saturday, winning the PCSC Pentathlon held in La Mirada, Calif. on the campus of Biola University. The Lions combined for 730 points, easily outdistancing its nearest competitor, Grand Canyon, at 534.
Senior Camille Hopp led the Lions overall on the day in terms of points, collecting 83 total points, including a pair of first-place finishes. Junior Katie Rick provided LMU with 79 points, including a first-place finish and two second-place finishes, while freshman Kristen Clarno won three events en route to posting 73 overall points.
Rick had an outstanding meet emerging as the overall winner in the freestyle pentathlon. She achieved a personal-best time in the 500 freestyle and was just tenths of a second from another personal-best in the 200 freestyle. Both Clarno and Hopp were runner-ups in their respective pentathlon events, namely Clarno in the long medley and Hopp in the short medley. Numerous other Lions took home Top-10 awards, including Noelani Vargas (fourth in Freestyle), Kjirsten Magnuson (sixth in Short Medley), senior Stephanie Hess (fifth in Short Medley), junior Angelina Prat (10th in Long Medley), sophomore Diana Safa (seventh in Freestyle), and freshmen Kristen Brennand (sixth in Long Medley) and Stephanie Horwitz (sixth in Freestyle).
LMU completely dominated the 100 freestyle event, putting four swimmers in the top-five overall. Clarno won the event in 53.00, followed by Rick in second (54.44), Noelani Vargas (54.81) in fourth and Kristen Brennand in fifth (54.88).
In what can only be described as a drag race, LMU's Vargas won the 25 freestyle with a time of 11.45, with teammates Rick (11.65) and Samantha Moody (11.74) taking third and fifth.
The Lions returned to the first-place podium behind Clarno's 59.13 in the 100 backstroke. Clarno's sub-minute time was the only one achieved in the race. Also showing well in the 50 backstroke was Kjirsten Magnuson, winning the event with a time of 27.77.
Clarno once again took first in the 200 individual medley, achieving a time of 2:10.25 to edge a swimmer from Fresno Pacific in second. Brennand took fifth in that race with a mark of 2:13.59.
LMU put three more swimmers in the top-five of the 50 breaststroke, including Hopp breaking the 30-second barrier at 29.98 to earn first. Hallie Hengels (31.63) and Stephanie Hess (31.92) joined Hopp, taking third and fifth, in that order.
Hopp won her second race of the day in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 23.95 to lead the pack. Magnuson finished fifth overall in the sprint, touching the wall in 24.61.
LMU's 50 butterfly group proved strong on Saturday, taking second, fourth and fifth overall. Magnuson sprinted to second with a time of 26.35, followed by Hopp (27.38) and Hess (27.43) in fourth and fifth, respectively.
LMU placed well in the 200 freestyle, earning first, second and fourth overall in the event. Rick claimed first in 1:56.98, followed by teammates Diana Safa (1:58.61) in second and Stephanie Horwitz (1:59.27) in fourth.
Continuing to perform well in the freestyle events, LMU placed swimmers in second and third of the 500 freestyle. Rick returned to the water to take second in 5:14.92, followed by Horwitz at 5:15.01 to claim big points for the Lions in the standings.
The Lions managed to take a pair of top-five spots in the 100 individual medley as Hopp stopped the clock at 59.52 for second, narrowly out-touched by first-place Mychala Lynch of Grand Canyon at 59.37. After another Grand Canyon swimmer took third, Hess touched at 1:02.14 to take fourth.
Other top-five finishes for the Lions included Rachel Dekar's 1:06.53 in the 100 breaststroke to take second, and Brennand's 1:00.75 in the 100 butterfly to earn fifth.
Following LMU and Grand Canyon in the standings came Fresno Pacific (294), Cal Baptist (226), Azusa Pacific (147), Biola (143) and Concordia (99).
LMU will return to action on October 26-27 when it participates in the two-day Malibu Invitational.