More Success for Lions at Malibu Invitational

Camille Hopp and the Lions finished strong at the Malibu Invitational on Saturday.

Oct. 22, 2011

MALIBU, Calif. -

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A day after dominating the distance events at the Malibu Invitational, LMU returned to the water and continued to impress at the middle distance and sprint events on Saturday. LMU managed 10 first-place finishes on Saturday, including a win in the 300 freestyle relay (2:31.85) to conclude competition.

Angelina Prat led a quartet of Lions that finished in each of the first four spots of the 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 2:14.13. She was followed by Mary Kate Short (2:14.68), Yvonne Le (2:15.33) and Christina Cannata (2:16.37).

LMU once again finished first through fourth in the 200 backstroke, as Tammy Choy (2:09.45) claimed first place in front of Noelani Vargas (2:19.19), Sophie Allen (2:12.15) and Dempsey Haynosch (2:15.60).

Camille Hopp and Katie Rick managed to finish 1-2 in the 200 breaststroke, as Hopp stopped the clock in 2:26.77 to start a stellar day at the pool. Rick followed in 2:29.67 before APU placed a swimmer in third place at 2:31.57.

Rick returned to the water in the 200 freestyle, clocking a time of 1:58.84 to claim second overall behind Victoria Gibb of Azusa Pacific at 1:58.48. Jill Dahle was right behind Rick, officially finishing third in a time of 1:58.94.

Swimming against a pair of unattached swimmers, including former Lion Isabella Zhang, Choy placed second overall amongst college athletes in the 50 butterfly with a time of 27.80.

After Michelle Nunn of SOKA claimed first place with a time of 28.61 in the 50 backstroke, LMU placed the next three swimmers in the race as Choy (28.64), Vargas (29.30) and Haynosch (29.47) finished in those spots, respectively. Hopp, Rick and Choy claimed the top-three spots in the 50 breaststroke race, as Hopp touched the wall in 31.44.

LMU perennially has shown well in the 50 freestyle events, and Saturday was no different, as Kjirsten Magnuson won the race in 24.73 followed by Hopp at 24.74. Magnuson continued her impressive day in the 100 butterfly, winning the event in a time of 1:00.99. Cannata placed third in the race, turning-in a time of 1:01.37.

Allen proved to be the fastest collegiate swimmer in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 1:01.08 to edge Michelle Nunn of SOKA at 1:01.18. Vargas followed Nunn with a time of 1:01.78.

Hopp and Rick returned to the water to finish first and third in the 100 breaststroke, as Hopp won the race in 1:08.45. The duo followed-up the performance in the breastroke with a 2-3 finish in the 100 freestyle. Hopp touched the wall in 54.95, followed by Rick at 55.14.

Choy finished a strong day in the 200 individual medley, winning the race in 2:14.51. Rick also capped a stellar performance by placing second with a mark of 2:15.06.

The Lions will return to competitive action on November 6 when they host UC Davis at 11 a.m.




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