Lions Dominate Distance Events at Malibu Invitational

Diana Safa finished second in the 500 freestyle on Friday.

Oct. 26, 2012


MALIBU, Calif. - The LMU swimming team dominated the distance events at the 2012 Malibu Invitational on Friday, winning two of three events and placing two swimmers in the top-three of each race by way of a solid team effort.

Mary Kate Short won the 1650 freestyle, turning in a time of 18:02.65, while Kristen Clarno took home the top spot in the 400 individual medley with a mark of 4:34.35.

The Lions showed extremely well in the 400 IM and 500 freestyle, placing five of the top-six swimmers in the IM and seven of the top-eight in the 500. After Clarno won the race, Katie Rick (4:40.26) and Kristen Brennand (4:41.06) took home second and third in the IM. Angelina Prat (4:45.67) and Short (4:46.43) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, behind Pepperdine's Jessica Mosbaugh at 4:41.18 to finish fourth.

While Courtney Vanwinkle of Pepperdine won the 500 freestyle in 5:18.02, it was the Lions who ruled the race, placing a swimmer in every spot from second to eighth. Diana Safa (5:19.00) and Camille Hopp (5:19.15) finished in second and third, followed by Prat (5:22.04), Rachel Dekar (5:23.33), Short (5:23.40), Elizabeth Murray (5:25.82) and Stephanie Horwitz (5:25.88).

Horwitz also competed in the 1650 freestyle, finishing third with a mark of 18:26.05 to bookend a 1-3 finish for the Lions behind Short.

LMU will return to action tomorrow at the Malibu Invitational, competing in the sprint and mid-distance events.





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