Lions Host CSU Bakersfield, Cal Baptist Saturday
LMU swimming will host a double dual on Saturday against CSUB and Cal Baptist.
Jan. 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU swimming program will host a double dual on Saturday at 12 p.m., welcoming CSU Bakersfield and Cal Baptist to Burns Aquatics Center. The Lions have already squared-off against CSUB in a double dual, falling to the Roadrunners in San Diego, Calif. on January 12, a day after dropping a decision to Tulane. Saturday's meet will be LMU's Senior Day, as the Lions will honor seniors Sophie Allen, Stephanie Hess, Camille Hopp and Noelani Vargas.
LMU is coming off a second-place finish at the 2013 Beach Cup swimming against San Diego, Fresno State and Pepperdine. The Lions won six events on Saturday to make things interesting and finish second at the two-day competition held at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on the campus of Pepperdine University. The University of San Diego won the competition with 711 total points, followed by the Lions (681), Fresno State (596) and Pepperdine (210). With the road victory, LMU earns 1.5 points in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup standings, extending its lead to 7-3 over the Waves. LMU finished 30 points out of first place despite not fielding a diving team. San Diego earned 35 points in the diving events, escaping with the first-place finish overall.
LMU's top finish on Friday came in the 200 individual medley where freshman Kristen Clarno placed second in a time of 2:07.84. Fresno State's Alex Madsen won the race in 2:06.72, but LMU did manage to place a second swimmer in the top-five as Stephanie Hess took fourth in a career-best 2:11.65. Kristen Brennand also earned a top-10 finish with a sixth-place finish at 2:12.44. The Lions finished third in all four of the other swimming events on Friday, including the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.
LMU proved dominant in the breaststroke events on Saturday, finishing in each of the top-four spots in both the 100 and 200 events. Senior Camille Hopp won the 100 in 1:04.64, followed by Rachel Dekar (1:05.29), Hallie Hengels (1:07.46) and Stephanie Hess (1:07.52). Dekar took top honors in the 200, earning a time of 2:18.37, followed by Hopp (2:20.98), Hengels (personal-best 2:22.12) and Hess (personal-best 2:24.93).
LMU's 200 freestyle relay team of Kristen Clarno, Kjirsten Magnuson, Katie Rick and Hopp combined for a time of 1:35.90 to win the event, while Clarno also earned top billing in the 400 individual medley in a career-best 4:27.69. LMU also won the 400 medley relay as Clarno, Dekar, Angelina Prat and Hopp teamed to post a mark of 3:55.53. Sophie Allen, Hengels, Kristen Brennand and Rick also placed in the top-three, finishing third with a mark of 3:58.24.
Angelina Prat had a stellar Saturday, winning the 200 butterfly in a career-best time of 2:04.80 while also placing second in the 100 butterfly at 58.31. Noelani Vargas also earned a second-place finish, taking second in the 200 backstroke to lead a trio of Lions in the top-five. Vargas touched the wall in 2:06.45, followed by Sophie Allen in third (2:06.45) and Clarno in fifth at 2:08.03. Magnuson was the final Lion to finish second, earning her finish in the 100 backstroke at 59.08, joined by Allen in fifth at 59.84.
CSU Bakersfield is coming off a loss to UC Davis in which the Roadrunners won four events but fell by a count of 176-113 on January 19. Cal Baptist is also coming off a loss, this one to UC San Diego. The CBU women had multiple first place finishes, but they failed to take down the Tritons as UC San Diego out swam the Lancers and won by a score of 183-103.
Sophie Allen Boulder, Colo.
Stephanie Hess Alamo, Calif.
Camille Hopp Mission Viejo, Calif.
Noelani Vargas Waimea, Hawai'i.