Jan. 19, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - With the odds stacked against them this afternoon, Loyola Marymount swimming claimed a 155-139 win over crosstown rival Pepperdine Thursday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in Malibu, Calif. Junior Sarah Hamilton set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke, as the Lions improve to 5-5 in dual competition.
The Lions were without one of their top swimmers in junior Lauren Mathewson and sacrificed an automatic 32 points to Pepperdine for not competing in the diving events. Despite the odds, LMU won the battle that included a new school record in the process.
Hamilton swam the 100 breast in a school record time of 1:06.32 to beat the previous record of 1:07.06 set by teammate Angela Samuels last season. Not only did Hamilton set the new record and claim first place in the event, but teammates Morgan Finley (1:09.34) and Justine Elgas (1:10.76) took second and third.
In similar fashion, LMU placed four Lions at the finish of the 500 free before even the top Pepperdine swimmer touched. Freshman Rebecca Plume led the way with a time of 5:17.16. She was followed by Maggie Brophy (5:19.33), Christine Gore (5:22.39), and Liz Magura (5:23.05).
LMU also took first, second, and third places in both the 200 fly and the 200 breast. Samuels won the fly in 2:12.74. She was followed by Alicia Royal in 2:17.06 and Gillian Ghazal in 2:18.63. Finley took the 200 breast title after swimming it in 2:28.23. Hamilton (2:30.14) and Alyssa Geraghty (2:30.57) took second and third.
Brophy continued the success into the second event, winning the 1000 free in 10:54.13.
Hicks made it three straight wins for the Lions when she took first in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.03. She later returned to win the 50 free in 23.83 and the 100 free in 52.16.
Despite swimming without Mathewson, who broke her own school record in the 200 backstroke on January 7 against San Diego, McKay picked up where she left off, winning the event in 2:14.43.
The Lions continue a busy two weeks of competition Friday, when they host Cal Poly and Northern Colorado at 2:00 at the Burns Aquatic Center.