Clarno, Calton, Magnuson All Reach Championship Finals
LMU placed three swimmers in the Championship Finals of their events on Thursday night.
Nov. 21, 2013
The LMU swimming program sent three individual swimmers to the Championship Finals on Thursday at the 2013 Arena Invitational being contested at East LA College through Saturday. Kristen Clarno and Hannah Calton reached the Championship Final in the 200 individual medley, while Kjirsten Magnuson earned her spot in the 50 freestyle. After the first day of competition, LMU sits fifth of 11 teams with 182 overall points.
Clarno took fourth overall in the 200 IM, turning in a time of 2:05.01, before Calton claimed eighth in 2:07.13 after swimming a 2:05.11 in the morning preliminaries. Calton's 2:05.11 is now the second-fastest time in LMU history behind Clarno (2:02.98 in 2012). Kristen Brennand also qualified for an evening final in the 200 IM, swimming a 2:09.58 in the prelims before shaving her time down to 2:09.02 to win the Non-Scoring Final.
Magnuson qualified for the Championship Final with a mark of 23.50 in the morning 50 freestyle race, eventually earning sixth overall in a time of 23.44, just one-hundredth of a second off her personal-best.
The 500 freestyle was the final individual event contested on Thursday, as LMU qualified four swimmers in the finals, including one in the Consolation Final and two in the Bonus Final. Angelina Prat took 16th overall in the race, stopping the clock in 5:05.12 in the Consolation after turning in a time of 5:03.25 in the prelims. Stephanie Horwitz (5:05.92 Final | 5:05.77 Prelim) and Stacy Maier (5:09.97 | 5:04.38 Prelim) took fifth and eighth, respectively, in the Bonus Final, while Mary Kate Short placed second in the Non-Scoring Final with a time of 5:05.76 - a mark that would have placed fourth in the Bonus Final. Maier's preliminary time is now the sixth-fastest time in LMU history.
Two relays were also raced on the first day of the Arena Invitational, with the Lions taking ninth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.42) and third in the 400 medley relay (3:47.23). Magnuson, Clarno, Lauren Saylor and Katie Rick teamed in the 200 freestyle, while Magnuson, Rachel Dekar, Calton and Clarno combined for the time in the 400 medley.
Action continues tomorrow from the Arena Invitational at 9 a.m.