Jan. 7, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - Trailing by one point heading into the final event, Loyola Marymount swimming earned a first and third place finish in the 400 free relay to secure the 148-140 dual meet victory over the University of San Diego Saturday at the USD Swim Complex. With the win, the Lions improve to 3-1 on the season in dual meets.
The dual came down to the very last event, placing all of the pressure on the 400 free relay team of Liz Magura, Angela Samuels, Maggie Brophy, and Katie Hicks. The four Lions earned LMU a first place finish with a time of 3:38.41 to seal the win.
The Lions had sacrificed 26 points to the Toreros from the diving portion of the meet, as LMU does not compete in diving.
The win marks the second straight year LMU topped San Diego in a dual meet. Last year's win over USD was the first in program history for the Lions.
Eight first place finishes earned the win for the Lions Saturday. In addition to the notable 400 free relay win, the Lions won the other relay of the day when Magura and Samuels teamed with Kim McKay and Sarah Hamilton to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.12.
Individually, Lauren Mathewson set a new LMU record in the 200 back when she took first place with a time of 2:09.12. That mark broke the record of 2:09.12 that she set last season.
Mathewson also won the 100 back (59.61) and the 50 free (25.22) Saturday.
Brophy earned two individual first place finishes of her own, winning the 1000 (10:50.59) and the 500 (5:19.62) free.
Hicks was the other first place finisher for the Lions, winning the 100 free in 54.36.
Saturday's meet marked the third opponent in two days for the Lions. LMU fell to Texas Christian and San Diego State Friday.
The Lions will remain on the road for their next dual meet, taking on Pepperdine January 19 at 2:00 in Malibu. Following the battle with the Waves, LMU will return home to the Burns Aquatic Center to host its final three regular season meets.