Calton Highlights Swims at A3 Performance Invitational
Junior Hannah Calton posted three top-10 finishes at the A3 Performance Invitational.
The LMU women's swimming team competed in the A3 Performance Invitational in East Los Angeles over the last three days, turning in many personal-best times and season-best performances. Leading the team with a trio of top-10 finishes was junior Hannah Calton. Calton qualified for the Championship Final in the 200 IM on Thursday, placing seventh with 2:03.71, and then placed 10th in the 100 butterfly on Friday and 10th in the 200 butterfly on Saturday with season-best times of 55.71 and 2:02.93. Calton is the current LMU record holder in the butterfly events after recording the fastest times in LMU history at the PCSC Conference Championships last February in her sophomore year.
Senior Stephanie Horwitz also had an exceptional meet and was the fastest Lion in the 500 and 1650 distance freestyle events, finishing 19th in the 500 with a 5:01.92 and 15th in the mile at 17:39.69. She was also 24th in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:53.79.
Calton and Horwitz were two of nine Lions to qualify for the evening finals over the three days of competition. Other LMU Swimmers making it back into the evening finals were seniors Kristen Clarno (100 freestyle – 20th place, 200 freestyle - 25th place), Kristen Brennand (100 freestyle – 15th place, 50 freestyle – 24th place), Mary Kate Reid (100 breaststroke – 15th place, 200 breaststroke – 23rd place), Sofia Abrate (100 backstroke – 29th, 200 back – 31st) and juniors Kailee Mora (200 IM - 23rd place, 100 butterfly – 21st place, 200 breaststroke - 24th place) and Stacy Maier (500 freestyle – 24th, 100 backstroke – 21st, 200 backstroke – 24th). Mora’s 200 breaststroke was a personal-best by a half second.
In addition, two freshmen, Keara Reilly and Lauren Akin, placed 16th and 18th in the 1650 with Reilly annihilating her personal-best time by over 20 seconds and becoming the seventh-fastest ‘miler’ in LMU history with a 17:45.10. Her split at the 1000 mark of 10:39.62 was also a 20-second drop of her personal-best and eighth-fastest in LMU history. Akin’s time of 17:59.10 became the ninth-fastest time in LMU’s record book. Sophomore Maddie Lipkowitz was the final scorer for the Lions with a 22nd-place finish and occupies the 10th-fastest time.
Many of the Lion underclassmen had a strong showing establishing personal-best times over the three-day competition, including sophomore Tori Yee in the 100 & 200 freestyle, and freshmen Marley Abbott in the 50 & 100 freestyle, Nicole Schiel in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, Mary Schell in the 200 IM, and 100 & 200 breaststroke, and Savanna Kim in the 200 IM and 200 butterfly.
The Lions have concluded competition for the fall semester and will be back in the pool at 12:00 noon on January 6 to compete against Pepperdine at the Burns Aquatics Center.
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