Lions Close Competition at Malibu Invitational; Calton, Magnuson Win Three Events
Hannah Calton and Kjirsten Magnuson each won a trio of events.
Oct. 26, 2013
The LMU swimming team completed a stellar two days of competition at the Malibu Invitational on Saturday, winning nine total individual events, including three apiece from freshman Hannah Calton (100/200 butterfly; 200 freestyle) and junior Kjirsten Magnuson (50/100 freestyle; 100 backstroke). Sophomore Kristen Clarno won two events (200 backstroke; 200 IM), while Elizabeth Murray locked up a victory during Friday's competition in the 500 freestyle.
It was all LMU in the 200 freestyle, as the Lions finished first through fourth behind Calton's first-place time of 1:54.53. Freshman Stacy Maier (1:57.75), Clarno (1:57.86) and Kristen Brennand (1:58.30) followed in order.
The Lions also dominated the 200 backstroke event, earning four of the top-five spots in the race. Clarno took top honors at 2:09.18, edging Magnuson (2:09.62) in second. Magnuson's time was good enough to put her 10th in LMU history in the 200 backstroke. Maier (2:12.82) and Sofia Abrate (2:13.04) went 4-5 in the race to complete the bunch. Maier would later finish second overall in the 50 backstroke, turning in a time of 29.24.
Magnuson got a bit of revenge over Clarno in the 100 backstroke, narrowly defeating her teammate with a time of 1:00.36. Clarno was a 10th of a second behind that pace, touching at 1:00.46. The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho native also earned first place points in the 100 freestyle, winning the event with a time of 52.74.
LMU placed a quartet of swimmers in the top-six of the 200 butterfly as Calton won the event in 2:04.86 - the third-fastest time in LMU history. Stephanie Schuffels followed in third at 2:12.66, while Lise Soule (2:14.08) and Stephanie Horwitz (2:14.80) claimed fifth and sixth.
Senior Rachel Dekar led a trio of Lions in the top-five of the 200 breaststroke, finishing second in 2:23.40 in front of Lion Katie Rick (2:28.25) in third. Mary Kate Reid took fifth overall with a time of 2:32.00. Dekar also took second place in the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke, stopping the clock at 30.67 in the 50 and 1:06.98 in the 100. Schuffels (1:09.81) and Mora (1:09.87) finished a close fourth and fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
The sprint events began on Saturday with the 50 butterfly, as LMU placed three in the top-five of the event. Kailee Mora took second overall in 26.68, followed by Calton (26.71) in third and Schuffels in fifth (27.09).
Magnuson won the 50 freestyle with a mark of 24.10, followed shortly thereafter by Kailee Mora in fourth (25.16) and Calton in sixth (25.33).
Calton finished the stellar weekend in the 100 butterfly, winning the event in 57.25 to push LMU to a 1-2-3 finish. That time for Calton moved her into fourth on the LMU all-time list. Brennand took second at 59.73, followed by Soule in third (1:00.38). Kathleen Gore also finished in the top-five, earning fifth with a time of 1:01.66.
Clarno won her final event of the weekend in the 200 individual medley, turning in a time of 2:10.93 to finish 1-2 with Brennand at 2:13.90.
Completing a wonderful all-around weekend of competition, LMU's "A" 300 freestyle relay won the race with a time of 2:31.00.
LMU will return to action tomorrow, hosting the Masters 5K Swimathon. Competitive competition resumes on November 1 as LMU travels to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
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