Pack of Lions Head to Alaska

Senior Mary Kate Short and 14 other Lions will swim against the University of Alaska on Friday and Saturday.

Oct. 30, 2013

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After swimming in an intrasquad competition on September 28 to determine the travel squad, a handful of Lion swimmers will head to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska this week. The 15 LMU swimmers will square-off against the Nanooks on Friday and Saturday. Friday's competition begins at 6 p.m. before Saturday's events commence at 10:30 a.m.

During the September qualification process, the swimmers who placed first in their events automatically qualified as well as the swimmers with the highest and second-highest points of those not automatically qualified.

Angelina Prat won the first event of the day, posting a time of 10:30.14 in the 1000 Yard Freestyle, which is unofficially the third-fastest time in the event in LMU history. Prat also won the 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 5:13.37.

Stephanie Horwitz won the 200 Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:54.96. Freshman Tess Brown qualified by winning the 100 Yard Backstroke with a mark of 57.31, a time that would place fifth all-time amongst LMU swimmers.

Rachel Dekar turned in unofficial times worthy of fourth amongst all LMU swimmers in the 100 and 200 Yard Breaststroke, swimming a 1:05.42 and 2:22.14, respectively.

Freshman Hannah Calton won the 200 Yard Butterfly with a time of 2:05.30, unofficially the third-fastest time in LMU history. Calton also won the 100 Yard Butterfly with an unofficial time of 56.67, which would put her second all-time amongst LMU swimmers.

Kjirsten Magnuson took first in the 50 Yard Freestyle with an unofficial time of 24.31. Lauren Saylor qualified with a 53.42 in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Kristen Clarno won the 200 yard backstroke with a 2:05.69 and the 200 Yard IM with an unofficial time of 2:10.

The 400 Yard IM was won by Hallie Hengels with an unofficial time of 4:43.95, but Hengels will be replaced on the Alaska trip by senior Marlena Nip. Also qualifying to make the trip to Alaska based on point totals in events were Stephanie Horwitz, Katie Rick, Mary Kate Short, Stacy Maier, Lise Soule, Stephanie Schuffels, and Kristen Brennand.


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