Dec. 2, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. -
LMU battled PCSC-rival Seattle University even to 101.5 points apiece on Wednesday in the Lions' first dual meet of the season. Utilizing about half of the 2009-10 squad, the Lions won six of the 11 events on the day, including each of the top-three spots in the 100 freestyle.
The Lions opened the day with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay. Tammy Choy, Camille Hopp, Mallorie Lim and Anne Scott teamed to post a mark of 1:50.91 to claim 11 total points. Seattle University, which swam three relays to LMU's one, followed with times of 1:51.27 and 1:52.95, good for second and third.
Seattle's Marina Pomar-Enders claimed first place in the 1,000 freestyle, touching the wall in 10:43.65. Jill Dahle, LMU's lone competitor at the 1,000 distance, finished second with a time of 10:55.49. Seattle's Casey Hoffman (11:08.10) and Karla Ruff (11:10.84) followed in third and fourth.
The Redhawks got the best of the Lions in the 200 freestyle, claiming first, third and a tie for fourth. Hayley Cobb won the race by nearly three seconds, touching in 1:57.32 in front of Carolyn Pasque in second at 2:00.25. After Kelsey Henan won third with a time of 2:00.71, Tina Nguyen and Kia Dobie split fourth-place points with equal times of 2:01.85.
Junior Isabella Zhang won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.65, followed by Seattle's Alexis Morehouse in second at 25.38. Hopp (25.52) followed by edging Seattle's Hanna Basler (25.73) for important third-place points, while Briley Boggs won fifth at 26.10.
Yvonne Le was the lone Lion swimming in the 200 IM, placing second in a time of 2:14.95. Elizabeth Hanohano won the race with a mark of 2:13.52. Trinity O'Neill led the Lion charge in the 100 butterfly, claiming first in 59.80, followed shortly by Boggs at 59.91. Choy and Lim claimed third and fourth with times of 1:00.95 and 1:01.04, respectively.
Scott returned to the water for the 100 freestyle, winning the event with a mark of 53.47. The Lions swept the top-three spots in the race, as Zhang (53.65) and Pasque (54.45) finished in second and third, in that order. Cobb proved to be the fastest Redhawk in the race, touching the wall in 54.83 to claim fourth.
Dobie just out-touched Rachel Leighter for first place in the 100 backstroke, garnering crucial points for the Lions, with a time of 1:01.81. Leighter stopped the clock at 1:01.86, followed by Le at 1:02.26 in third place.
Pomar-Enders claimed her second first-place finish in the ensuing event, the 500 freestyle, with a time of 5:18.61. Dahle placed second for LMU at 5:25.12, while Hoffman (5:26.68) and Connie Rae Shobaken (5:27.00) finished third and fourth for Seattle. Alicia Witter claimed the final point in the event, placing fifth with a time of 5:31.21.
Morehouse took the top spot in the 100 breaststroke at 1:06.82 to claim nine total points. Kevlyn Richards touched in 1:07.79, followed by Hopp (1:09.60) and Choy (1:10.49) in third and fourth, respectively.
Trailing by nine points headed into the final event, the 200 freestyle relay, LMU managed to claim first and third for a total of 13 points. Pasque, Zhang, Witter and Scott teamed to touch the wall in 1:39.67 for first place, while Seattle University finished second to claim four points, leaving the tally tied at 101.5.
The Lions will now compete at the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships starting tomorrow. The appearance at the three-day event is the first in program history for the Lions.