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CSUN Edges LMU Swimming 104-101

Jan. 19, 2005

Northridge, Calif. - Back in the pool just five days after a historic win in dual competition last week, Loyola Marymount swimming was edged Wednesday afternoon at Cal State Northridge 104-101. The Lions once again took first in both relay events and had the lead with two events remaining, but CSUN pulled ahead after taking first and second in the 200 breaststroke despite sophomore Morgan Finley's season-best time of 2:26.56.

The Lions won three of the first four races, with the 200 medley relay team, freshman Maggie Brophy (200 freestyle) and sophomore Katie Hicks (50 freestyle) giving LMU an early 30-44 lead.

But the Matadors battled back to finish 1-3-4 in each of the next two races, the 400 individual medley and the 200 butterfly, to give CSUN a 58-54 advantage. Freshman Angela Samuels finished second in the 200 fly for the Lions with a season-best time of 2:13.26.

In her third win of the afternoon, Hicks took the 100 freestyle, while fellow sophomore Lauren Mathewson won the 200 backstroke to put the Lions back up 72-78.

The Matadors kept the meet close finishing first in the 500 free, but the Lions used a 2-3 finish from Brophy and Christine Gore to take a one point lead heading into the final two events.

In the 200 breaststroke, the Matadors finished 1-2 in the event after two career-best efforts to give CSUN a 98-90 lead. Finley put up a season-best time of 2:26.56 for the Lions, but it was not enough to edge CSUN's 1-2 punch. LMU dropped that event 14-5 to put them down by eight with one event remaining.

Mathewson ensured an exciting finale to the meet, battling her leg in the 200 free relay to lead the Lions to a first place finish. But after seeing their teammates take first, the Lions' focus quickly turned to their other teams still swimming, as they would need a second or third place finish to win the meet. The Matadors held on to their 2-3 spots however, to win the meet 104-101.

Hicks continued her undefeated streak, taking first place in every dual meet individual event she's competed in all season. Mathewson has a similar streak going, as she remained undefeated in dual meet backstroke events.

The Lions face local rival Pepperdine on Friday, January 28 in their final dual meet of the season before the PCSC Championships begin on February 16. The Lions and the Waves will battle at LMU's Burns Aquatic Center with the first event starting at 1:00 p.m.

-GO LIONS-