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Five Alive

Jan. 25, 2006

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Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming kept its school-record winning streak alive Wednesday afternoon, defeating Cal State Northridge 157-105 at the Burns Aquatic Center. With the win, LMU improves to a program-best 8-5 and increases its streak to five straight dual victories.

Wednesday's meet marked the third competition in the last week for the Lions, as LMU is in the middle of a stretch of three straight home events.

The eight wins in 2005-06 breaks the previous program record of three set in 2004-05. With the win on Wednesday, the Lions guaranteed themselves their second consecutive winning season.

Cal State Northridge made a strong final push, winning three of the final four events. But the Lions had built enough of a lead to hold off the Matadors in the end.

Amanda Luciano, Sarah Hamilton, Angela Samuels, and Liz Magura gave the Lions their first points, taking first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.37.

The Lions then went 1-2 in the 200 free, 100 back, and 200 back. Maggie Brophy (1:57.47) and Christine Gore (1:57.52) finished first and second in the 200 free, while Katie Hicks (59.26) and Luciano (1:04.98) controlled the 100 back. Kim McKay (2:15.83) and Tiffany Matthews (2:17.32) finished first and second in the 200 back to give LMU the cushion it would need.

Hamilton took first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.75, while Hicks went on to two more first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free (53.08) to put the Lions up 99-51. Morgan Finley then took first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:26.71.

LMU broke CSUN's run at the end by winning the final event when Samuels, McKay, Luciano, and Hicks finished first in the 200 free relay.

The Lions will host their final meet of the regular season Friday when Claremont McKenna travels to the Burns Aquatic Center at 2:00 p.m.