Lions Impressing at US Winter National Championships

Senior Rachel Dekar narrowly missed automatically qualifying for a final in the 100 breaststroke.

Dec. 6, 2013

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The four LMU swimmers competing at this week's Winter National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. have impressed Head Coach Bonnie Adair in the first day and a half of competition. Freshman Hannah Calton lowered her existing school record in the 100 butterfly (55.56) to place 30th of 64, while Rachel Dekar is second alternate in tonight's 100 breaststroke final after swimming a 1:02.93 in the preliminary to place 26th of 56.

Junior Kjirsten Magnuson swam a personal-best time in the 100 backstroke earlier on Friday, turning in a 56.10 and placing 50th of 88. Swimming in her only official event yesterday, sophomore Kristen Clarno was 51st of 63 in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:05.53.

Saturday's action will feature Calton swimming her second event, the 200 butterfly, and Dekar in the 200 breaststroke. Clarno and Magnuson also plan to time trial a 100 freestyle to try and improve their personal best times.



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