Lions Send Five More to Finals on Final Day of Arena Invitational
The LMU swimming team completed a stellar weekend by sending five more swimmers to event finals on Saturday.
Nov. 18, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The LMU swimming team completed a stellar three-day run on Saturday at the 2012 Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., qualifying five more swimmers for event finals. With Saturday's five, LMU sent 16 swimmers overall to event finals over the course of the three days.
The Lions placed a pair of swimmers in the evening finals of the 200 breaststroke as Rachel Dekar swam in the Consolation Final and senior Camille Hopp swam in the Bonus Final. Dekar stopped the clock in 2:18.87 to finish fifth in her final, while Hopp's time of 2:19.77 was good enough to win the Bonus swim. Both swims were season-best marks.
Angelina Prat qualified for the 200 butterfly non-scoring final after delivering a 2:04.88 in the preliminary races early Saturday morning. That mark proved good enough to take second on the LMU All-Time list behind Trinity O'Neill's 2:02.80 from 2010. In the final, Prat managed a 2:05.81 to finish sixth in the race.
Other season-best times included freshman Kristen Clarno reaching the evening's non-scoring final in the 100 freestyle, posting a time of 51.50 to place second. In addition to being a season-best time, the swim moved her into fifth on the LMU Top-10 list. Mary Kate Short also shaved 26 seconds off her previous season-best time in the 1650 freestyle, placing 20th overall in 17:36.24.
"I am happy with where the team is right now, but we have work to do to get where we want to be by the MPSF Conference Championships," Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. "The team will be back in the water and weight room on Monday morning, and we have six weeks before our next competition against Tulane on January 11. There is some hard work ahead, including a nine-day training trip in Hawaii which will not only be a great team bonding experience but will also allow us to get in some very focused training."
Three LMU swimmers qualified this weekend to compete at the US Swimming National Championships in Austin, Texas from November 29-December 1. Hopp (50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke), Dekar (100 breaststroke) and Clarno (200 individual medley) will each look to continue to drop their own personal-best times, and possibly LMU records, in the competitive swims.
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