Oct. 28, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -
The LMU swimming team finished strong on Saturday at the Malibu Invitational, winning 11 of 14 races in the sprint and mid-distance events. Senior Camille Hopp was outstanding in leading the Lions, winning five of six events with strong early-season times.
Hopp won the 50 breaststroke (30.08) and freestyle (24.08), 100 breaststroke (1:04.96) and freestyle (52.90), and the 200 breaststroke (2:22.01). Swimming alongside Hopp in the breaststroke events was Rachel Dekar, finishing second in all three events.
Freshman Kristen Clarno once again shined, winning the 200 freestyle (1:55.80), 200 backstroke (2:08.05) and 200 individual medley (2:11.28). Clarno also finished second in the 100 backstroke behind teammate Sophie Allen. Allen turned in a sub-minute time of 59.09, followed by Clarno (1:00.22), Noelani Vargas (1:01.42) and Sofia Abrate (1:02.69) as the Lions finished in each of the top-four spots. The quartet did the same in the 200 backstroke, with Clarno and Allen swapping positions atop the board. Rounding-out the solid day, Clarno placed second behind Hopp in the 50 and 100 freestyle events to help LMU continually stack the leaderboard.
Kristen Brennand and Katie Rick also performed well, scoring in the top-three in several events. Brennand finished behind Clarno in the 200 freestyle, second in the 100 butterfly (59.65), and third behind Clarno and Rick in the 200 individual medley. In addition to the second-place finish in the 200 IM, Rick placed third in the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke - helping the Lions to finish in each of the top-three spots in those races.
Other top-three finishes for the Lions included Kjirsten Magnuson
(27.99) and Allen (28.33) finishing 1-2 in the 50 backstroke, Angelina Prat's
second-place finish in the 200 butterfly, and Magnuson's second-place finish in the 50 butterfly. LMU also won the 300 freestyle relay as a team of Lions combined for a time of 2:30.76.
LMU returns to the water on November 3 when it hosts UC Davis and University of San Diego at Burns Aquatics Center starting at 9:30 a.m.