Sunny Day for Chris Knorr Invitational

CLU competes well at invitational

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 4:31 pm

Annika Stenfjord placed second in the 500 Free at the Samuelson Aquatics Center today.

Credit: Tracy Maple Hi-res image

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – After honoring the former Kingsmen swimmer for whom the meet was named, the Cal Lutheran women’s swimming and diving team competed in the Inaugural Chris Knorr Invitational in the friendly confines of the Samuelson Aquatics Center today.

Everyone on the pool deck including Knorr’s parents Ron and Ginny, athletes, coaches, fans and families lined the pool as head coach Tom Dodd said a few words and shared some stories of Chris’ life. Pastor Melissa then spoke and rose petals were sprinkled into the water, representing the spirit and drive of Knorr, who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2013, and in memory of others who have faced cancer.

In the pool, three teams battled it out between the lanes. Division I Pepperdine (805) will travel back through the canyon as meet champions while UC Santa Cruz (746) placed second and the home squad rounded out the team scores (399).

Many Regals were able to step up onto the blocks at home for the first time. Showing her strength for the Violet and Gold was freshman Annika Stenfjord who placed second in one event and third in a pair. She began the day with a 2:20.96 swim in the 200 Freestyle, just nine hundredths of a second off the second place pace and 27 tenths of a second behind the winning time, 2:01.23, from Allison Naadz (PU). Stenfjord went on to hit the wall third in the 100 free in 57.84 before rounding out her day with a second place, 5:30.55, performance in the 500 free.

Another standout freshman performance today was on the diving boards where Tianna Pasko placed second on the one-meter board with a score of 198.25 while also competing on the three-meter board as the lone CLU diver of the meet.

Beginning the final stretch of their Cal Lutheran careers today was the senior class of Shelby Brooks, Sarah Forsythe, Julianna Rios and Stephanie Yu who each turned in solid swims.

Brooks was second only to Kaitlynn Rubio (PU) in both the 100 and 200 Backstroke with times of 1:05.18 and 2:19.52, respectively. She hit the wall third in the 200 Individual Medley (IM) with a time of 2:24.50 and also produced a time of 2:10.71 in the 200 free.

Forsythe started her individual day with a 2:09.61 in the 200 free and followed up with a CLU-best 50 Free time of 26.39, followed by Taylor Faust (26.50) and Stenfjord (26.76). Forsythe (58.37) and Rios (58.38) were separated by a hundredth of a second in the 100 free and Faust was right on their heels in 58.90.

Suiting up for the Violet and Gold today, Rios swam the 200 free in 2:05.74, the 500 free in 5:48.12 and the 100 Butterfly in 1:04.68, to place sixth. Yu placed fifth in the 200 back (2:36.13) and was ninth in the 100 back with a time of 1:09.51.

Turning in another pair of top-10 finishes for the Regals was Faust who earned the seventh spot in the 200 IM (2:31.58) and was ninth in the 100 fly (1:06.71).  

The meet opened up with a third place team finish in the 400 Medley Relay in which Books, Emily Borchard, Rios and Forsyth joined together for a swim of 4:10.47.  

Borchard, Layren Chrislu, Emily Glossbrenner and Briana Johnston each swam numerous events for CLU today.

A second place team finish in the 400 Free Relay wrapped up the meet as Forsythe, Stenfjord, Faust and Rios combined for a swim of 3:55.58.

Cal Lutheran will be back in the pool on Saturday, Jan. 11 when the team travels to Chapman to face the Panthers beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Results: 2014Chris Knorr Invitational
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