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LMU Swimming Gets Historic Win

Jan. 15, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - For the first time in Loyola Marymount swimming history, the Lions beat the University of San Diego in a hard-fought dual meet held at the Burns Aquatic Center Friday afternoon. Led by sophomores Katie Hicks and Lauren Mathewson, each scoring four first-place wins, the Lions outlast USD 139-123. Again strong relays were the key as the Lions outscored USD 26-8 in the two relay events held at the beginning and end of the meet.

Hicks, who had just completed her six-hour-a-day training week for LMU water polo, shrugged off her fatigue and dominated the women's sprint freestyle events winning the 200 freestyle, followed eight minutes later with a victory in the 50 freestyle and fifteen minutes later with a third victory in the 100 freestyle.

Mathewson equaled Hicks' feat by giving the Lions a body length lead on the backstroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay, then returning to win the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke individual events before joining up with Hicks, Maggie Brophy, and Amanda Luciano for another victory in the 400 freestyle relay at the end of the meet. "That was some of the toughest back-to-back swimming I've seen in my many years of coaching," LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. "I'm so impressed with both of them."

The most exciting and grueling race of the meet was provided by the freshman Brophy who battled head-to-head with USD's Shannon Harris in the 1000 freestyle, only to be touched out by less than .7of a second. Brophy's time of 10:39.23 shattered the school record by over 17 seconds set earlier in the season by Liz Magura, her high school teammate.

Magura, also in her freshman year at LMU, won the 200 Individual Medley and placed third in both the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle events. Other Lion victories came from sophomore Morgan Finley and freshman Angela Samuels who joined with Mathewson and Magura to win the 200 medley relay to start the meet, before winning their individual specialities: Finley the 200 breaststroke and Samuels the 100 butterfly. Finley also placed a very close second in the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Alyssa Geraghty was second to Finley in the 200 breaststroke and fourth in the 100, and fellow freshman Alicia Royal scored valuable points by placing third in the 200 and fourth in the 100 butterfly events.

"This was a big moment for our team," Adair said.

The Lions are now 2-0 in dual meet competition this season and will now face dual meets with cross-town rivals Cal State Northridge on Wednesday and Pepperdine on January 28.

"These meets will also be hard-fought, but it's possible that we might finish the season undefeated in our dual meet competions. That's coming quite a distance from our 2-30 record over the past 3 years. Our five seniors, team captains Alex Tungland and Breanne Melconian along with Bayley Diamond, Mandy Mooers and Maureen Sheehan, have not had many team victories here at LMU in their first three seasons and are finally part of a winning program. They deserve to go out winners because they are the ones who have helped build up this program with their determination, dedication and amazing leadership. The Pepperdine meet on January 28, which will be the last dual meet of their careers here at LMU, will be very emotional for all of us - I know it will be for me."

-GO LIONS-