Dekar Wins 100 Breaststroke, Calton Sets New LMU Record
Senior Rachel Dekar won the 100 breaststroke Championship Final on Friday.
Nov. 22, 2013
Senior Rachel Dekar and freshman Hannah Calton highlighted a stellar second day in the pool for LMU at the 2013 Arena Invitational on Friday, as Dekar won the 100 breastroke event with a season-best time of 1:02.68, just tenths off her school record mark. Including Dekar's victory, the Lions qualified four swimmers in Championship Final races, including Calton who earned a spot in the Championship Final of the 100 butterfly, taking fourth with a new school-record time of 55.62.
In addition to Calton's appearance in the 100 butterfly Championship Final, LMU also put a pair of swimmers in the Bonus Final of the event. Kristen Brennand (57.62) and Kailee Mora (57.61 prelim | 58.05 final) finished 21st and 22nd overall.
Stephanie Horwitz and Stacy Maier each reached evening finals on Friday in the 200 freestyle, with Horwitz finishing 24th overall with a time of 1:54.80 in the Bonus Final. She qualified for the swim via a 1:53.73 in the prelims. Maier reached the Non-Scoring Final with a personal-best preliminary time of 1:55.53 before finishing 32nd overall (1:57.04).
Other individual highlights for the Lions included Katie Rick's personal-best time of 1:06.29 to place 13th overall in the 100 breaststroke, Mary Kate Reid's personal-best 1:07.22 in the Non-Scoring final of the 100 breaststroke (27th overall), and Lauren Saylor's personal-best time of 1:55.66 in the prelims of the 200 freestyle.
Competition on Friday opened with the 200 medley relay, as LMU's quartet of Magnuson, Dekar, Mora and Rick combined for a time of 1:45 to claim seventh. The 800 freestyle relay was the final event of the day as Angelina Prat, Horwitz, Maier and Saylor teamed to finish 10th overall in 7:45.93.
Saturday marks the final day of competition from the Arena Invitational, with action beginning at 9 a.m. The Lions enter the final day in sixth place overall.