Women's Swimming

Lions Dominate Distance Events at Malibu Invitational

Diana Safa finished second in the 500 freestyle on Friday.
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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