Swimmers and Divers Sprint Into 2013

CLU hosts Sprint Invitational to start new year

Swimmers and divers are back from break and ready to start the second half of the season.

Photo: Tracy Maple

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – To celebrate the New Year and the continuation of the swimming and diving seasons the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen and Regals hosted the 2013 Sprint Invitational today at the Samuelson Aquatics Center.

With Division I Pepperdine and Division III UC Santa Cruz making the trip from Malibu and Santa Cruz, respectively, the teams competed in a number of sprint races to kick of 2013.

To open the meet the women took to the one meter board and the men began on the three meter board with six dives apiece. Mid-way through the meet they swapped heights and performed a second six-set dive list.

Swimmers stepped up to the blocks for the 200 Medley Relay followed by a series of sprints in the form of 25 yard and 50 yard butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke races.

In addition, swimmers participated in the rare 100 meter individual medley. Today, there was a little bit of hype around that race when Cortney Jordan, a two-time US Paralympian, broke a 15 year old MS7 record in the event. The senior did not just break the mark set in 1998, she demolished is, swimming a 1:22.36 to break the previous time of 1:57.62 by more than 35 seconds, which is rather unheard of in swimming.

The Kingsmen and Regals used today as a lead-up for return to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition tomorrow when they travel to Redlands for a tri-meet with the Bulldogs and Chapman. Diving is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by swimming events at 11:00 a.m.  

Results: Not available at time of release