Jan. 27, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming won its program-record sixth straight dual Friday when the host Lions defeated Claremont McKenna 146-116 to conclude the regular season. The Lions finish the regular season 9-5 in dual action, breaking the previous record for victories of three, set in 2004-05.
An hours-long closure of the 405 freeway delayed the meet slightly, but the Lions opened the competition with a bang, finishing first and second in the 200 medley relay. Katie Hicks, Sarah Hamilton, Liz Magura, and Maggie Brophy took first with a time of 1:50.66, while Lauren Mathewson, Morgan Finley, Angela Samuels, and Rebecca Plume finished second in 1:50.87. It was Mathewson's first action since January 7, as she had been sidelined due to injury.
The Lions also finished the meet with a relay win, this time in the 400 free relay with a team of Danielle Garcia, Brophy, Mathewson and Hicks (3:38.88).
Despite the boost from the relay wins, the Lions found themselves in a back-and-forth battle by the first break. First place finishes by Mathewson (100 back - 1:00.01), Hamilton (100 breast - 1:07.29), and Hicks (50 free - 24.37) were just enough to give the Lions the 68-63 lead at the first break.
But LMU came out of the 15-minute intermission on a mission. Hicks finished first in the 100 free with a time of 24.37. Mathewson (2:09.97), Finley (2:27.01), Brophy (5:10.32), and Samuels (59.80) with wins in the 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, and 100 fly respectively, to extend the lead to 127-99.
The dual put the wraps on another successful regular season for the Lions, who have set new program records in the 200 back and 100 breast so far. The 2005-06 squad also set school records for number of victories (nine) and consecutive victories (six).
The Lions will use next week to prepare for the PCSC Championships, which begin February 8 in Long Beach, Calif.