Lions Head to Malibu Invitational

Rachel Dekar recorded three second-place finishes at last year's Malibu Invitational.

Oct. 24, 2013

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The LMU swimming team will make the short trip to Malibu, Calif. this weekend, participating in the Malibu Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Friday's slate, which begins at 12 p.m. with diving, will also feature the distance events beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday will see mid-distance and sprint events contested beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The LMU swimming team turned in a number of solid times on Saturday, including posting three first-place finishes, en route to winning the 2013 PCSC Pentathlon at LMU's Burns Aquatics Center. LMU swam against seven other schools on Saturday, posting 713 points to easily outdistance Cal Baptist in second at 444.

Hannah Calton, Kjirsten Magnuson and Kristen Clarno each earned first-place finishes. LMU finished second and third (of 32 participants) in the long medley pentathlon, as Clarno finished second in front of Calton (third). Magnuson was LMU's top finisher in the short medley, claiming third of 33, while Katie Rick placed second out of 47 entrants in the freestyle pentathlon.



Calton finished the day with a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly, a third-place finish in the 200 IM (2:11.36), and a fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle (54.63). Her 57.02 time in the 100 butterfly was the third-fastest in LMU history.

Magnuson claimed her first-place finish in the 50 butterfly, stopping the clock at 26.03. The native of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho also managed a second-place finish in the 50 backstroke (26.62) to help LMU to a 2-3-4 finish in the event. Freshmen Kailee Mora (27.98) and Tess Brown (28.26) finished third and fourth, respectively. Magnuson rounded-out the solid day with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.60) and a fourth-place finish in the 100 IM (1:02.51).

Clarno had a stellar day in the pool overall, winning the 100 backstroke in 59.53, while taking second in the 200 IM (2:09.31) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.10) and 100 freestyle (54.16).

The LMU swimming team dominated the distance events at the 2012 Malibu Invitational, winning two of three events and placing two swimmers in the top-three of each race by way of a solid team effort. Mary Kate Short won the 1650 freestyle, turning in a time of 18:02.65, while Kristen Clarno took home the top spot in the 400 individual medley with a mark of 4:34.35.

LMU also looked strong in the mid-distance and sprint races, winning 11 of 14 races. Then-senior Camille Hopp was outstanding in leading the Lions, winning five of six events with strong early-season times. Hopp won the 50 breaststroke (30.08) and freestyle (24.08), 100 breaststroke (1:04.96) and freestyle (52.90), and the 200 breaststroke (2:22.01). Swimming alongside Hopp in the breaststroke events was Rachel Dekar, finishing second in all three events. Current sophomore Kristen Clarno once again shined, winning the 200 freestyle (1:55.80), 200 backstroke (2:08.05) and 200 individual medley (2:11.28). Clarno also finished second in the 100 backstroke.


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