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Swimming Starts Rivalry Weekend With Big Win Over Pepperdine

Jan. 28, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming kicked-off Rivalry Weekend with a huge win over Pepperdine, outscoring the Waves 137-68 Friday afternoon at Burns Aquatic Center. It was the final home meet of the season for the Lions, who took the win over Pepperdine, but were edged by San Diego State 107-98 in the double dual meet.

The Lions had the lead over both teams through most of the meet, but San Diego State made a late push, winning the final two events to take the meet by just nine points. Despite falling just short in the dual, the Lions maintained a larger lead over Pepperdine than San Diego State did, and set two school records along the way.

LMU opened the meet with a program record-shattering performance, as Lauren Mathewson, Morgan Finley, Angela Samuels, and Katie Hicks clocked a time of 3:58.04, finishing under the four minute mark for the first time in LMU history. The time beat the previous record by five seconds.

Freshman Maggie Brophy kept the Lions in the lead with her performance in the 200 free, defeating both SDSU and Pepperdine and setting another school record with a time of 1:56.11.

Hicks defended her streak with her 24.54 mark in the 50 free and 57.89 in the 100 free. The sophomore concludes the regular season undefeated in all dual meet individual events.

Mathewson also put her streak in the record books, finishing the regular season undefeated in dual meet backstroke events after a time of 1:05.79 gave her a first place finish in the 100 backstroke.

Today's meet marked the final home event for LMU seniors Alex Tungland, Breanne Melconian, Bayley Diamond, and Maureen Sheehan. The seniors were honored during the meet's second break, and took a ceremonial final swim following the win over Pepperdine.

The meet served as the first contest of the weekend against local rival Pepperdine, as LMU women and men's basketball will host the Waves on Saturday for Rivalry Weekend.

LMU swimming now has just under three weeks to prepare for the PCSC Championships, which begin on Wednesday, February 16.