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Lions Close Regular Season With Win Over CMS

Jan. 27, 2007

Claremont, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming completed its regular season Friday with a 120.5-116.5 dual win over Claremont Mudd Scripps (CMS) in Claremont, Calif. With the win, the Lions conclude the 2006-07 campaign 7-5 in dual action, the program's third straight winning season under Head Coach Bonnie Adair.

The mark of seven dual victories is the second-highest in program history. The 2005-06 team went 9-5 in dual action, bringing the record over the last two seasons to 16-10.

Friday's dual in Claremont was a close one, as CMS used four divers to gain a 32-point margin on the Lions that they would have to make up as LMU does not field a diving squad. Normally, using a 16-event format, the Lions have 14 swimming events to make up those 32 points from diving. However, Friday's dual used a 13-event format, leaving the Lions just 11 events to catch up.

The Lions opened the day taking first and third in the 200 medley relay. But CMS came back with first and second place finishes in both the 1000 freestyle and the 200 IM. The Lions won two events when freshman Alicia Witter (1:58.17) and senior Lauren Mathewson (24.17) won the 200 and 50 freestyles, but the CMS victories and diving points left the Lions in a hole by the first break.

"The second half of the meet was all catch-up, and we basically had to win every event to catch-up," Adair said. "We received a great response to that by our freshman class."

Freshman Trinity O'Neill won the 100 butterfly in 59.48 with fellow freshman Melanie Tansuwan taking second in 1:00.23. Then, freshman Mallorie Lim won the 100 freestyle in 54.65, with junior Maggie Brophy taking second in a 55.12.

Mathewson won the 100 backstroke with a 58.94, with Witter placing third in a 1:02.2.

Sophomore Julia Hall kept LMU in the meet by winning the 500 freestyle in 5:19.55, which evened the score heading into the last two events: the 100 breaststroke and 200 free relay.

Junior Angela Samuels captured the 100 breast in 1:08.16, with Alyssa Geraghty third in a personal best time of 1:09.89 and Justine Elgas fourth with a 1:10.72. That event gave LMU the margin it needed to clinch the meet, despite CMS taking first in the 200 free relay. The Lions finished second and third in the final relay.

Swimming in her final dual meet as a Lion, Mathewson completed her three-year winning streak. Mathewson finished first in every backstroke event (four different events) she swam in a dual meet for three years.

The Lions were swimming without a third of their team, who remained on campus to train for the upcoming conference championship.

"The younger swimmers on our team showed great character in coming back from a huge deficit to win the meet," Adair said. "It's been a very good year for us, and I think we are ready to have some great swims at the conference meet in early February."