Women's Swimming

Lions Travel to MPSF-Foe San Diego Saturday

Kjirsten Magnuson and the Lions will head to San Diego on Saturday.

Kjirsten Magnuson and the Lions will head to San Diego on Saturday.

Nov. 7, 2013

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Having returned from a trip to Alaska where the Lions defeated the Nanooks in a pair of meets, LMU swimming will stay on the road this week, traveling to MPSF-foe San Diego for a meet on Saturday at Noon.

The LMU swimming team set four new pool records last weekend at Alaska's Patty Center Pool. The former 400 medley relay record of 4:57.68 was shattered by all four teams racing last Friday, as the Lions set the new mark by winning in 3:58.27 with a team of Kjirsten Magnuson, Rachel Dekar, Hannah Calton and Katie Rick. Dekar set a new pool record in the 100 breaststroke by one second, winning in 1:06.65 to beat the two-year-old mark of 1:07.83 by Fresno Pacific's Kendall Swanson in 2011. Kristen Clarno had the Lions' third pool record, winning the 400 individual medley in 4:35.79 to beat former Nanook Mariya Pavlovskaya's three-year-old mark of 4:36.05. Clarno also took second place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10. LMU won eight of the meet's 11 events and finished 1-2 in five of them, including 1-2-3 sweeps in the 200 and 500 freestyles on Saturday to earn the consecutive victories over Alaska. Calton was a three-time winner Saturday for the Lions, winning the 200 butterfly in a pool-record time of 2:04.56 and won the 500 freestyle in 5:09.66. She closed the meet out by swimming the first leg for LMU's winning 400 freestyle relay team, which won in 3:37.83. Calton's 200 butterfly time topped her previous personal-best of 2:04.86, the third-fastest time in LMU history.

The USD swim and dive team most recently had a strong day of swimming action on November 2 in a double dual against Oregon State and UC Davis at the USD Sports Center Pool. The Toreros were edged in the final scores, falling to UC Davis by a final tally of 173.5-123.5 and to Oregon State 154-133, but had a number of outstanding performances on the day. Leading the way was Jackie Taylor winning the 100 freestyle with a career-best 52.37. Taylor also took second place in the 50 free (24.86) and fourth in the 200 free (1:54.49). Meanwhile, Keenan Lineback claimed a first-place finish in the 400 IM (4:23.61). Lineback capped off a strong day with a second-place showing in the 200 fly (2:03.94) and another second-place finish in the 500 free (5:02.55).

Following the meet at San Diego, LMU will return to action on November 21 for the three-day Arena Invitational at East LA College.


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