LA MIRADA — Austin Lashley swam the race of his life on Saturday night at SCIAC Championships. Coming into the big final, he was seated third at 50.00. He stopped .65 in his first 50 from the morning and, despite slipping on his third turn, finished in second place, breaking the school record with a 49.10. His time qualifies him for NCAAs with a "B" Cut.
Lizzy Kosin also owns a school record now in the 400 IM with a time of 4:39.54. Going into her final, Kosin needed to drop nearly 2 seconds to get the school record, and she went after it with gusto. Her first 100 was a full second faster than in the morning, and she continued to gain speed going into her freestyle leg when she tried to track down the women in front of her. She finished sixth overall.
Ellie O'Brien finished in All-SCIAC fashion in her 100 breaststroke, dropping time from the morning swim to finish third with a time of 1:06.78.
Earlier in the day, Matt Weiser lowered his own 400 IM record by .08 seconds.
Cody Hamane swam his first time under the 1:00 mark with a 58.43 and qualified for the big final. In the final, he gained a spot finishing eighth overall.
Hank Franscioni and Jake Valente both made the consolation finals with lifetime best times; Franscioni also made it under the 1-minute mark. Chase Mitchell and William Westwater also swam in the consolation final in the 100 backstroke, finishing 11th and 14th, respectively.
Other important swims came from Rebeca Fernandez and Rose Seabrook in the women's 200 freestyle; they finished 13th and 18th, respectively. Madeleine Kaczmarowski also made it to a consolation final, finishing 15th.
The men's 400 medley relays finished seventh and 13th. The women's A relay tied for fourth place.