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Record-Breaking Days Continue at PCSCs

Feb. 10, 2007

-LONG BEACH, Calif. - The excitement at the PCSC Championship continued for Loyola Marymount swimming Friday, as the Lions held their ground among conference leaders. The competition concludes Saturday at Belmont Plaza.

LMU's Lauren Mathewson was among the headliners Friday. The senior won the 100 back in an LMU and PCSC Championship record time of 54.94. That mark, over a second better than her mark in the event last year, will likely earn her an invitation to the NCAA National Championship.

In the 400 IM, freshman Trinity O'Neill finished fourth in 4:34.82 to set a new LMU record. Liz Magura was ninth in 4:39.94. Julia Hall gave the Lions three finishers in the top-10 when she beat her personal best time by over four seconds with a 4:40.06. Alyssa Geraghty was 16th in the event.

The Lions had three swimmers in the top-15 in the 100 fly, as Angela Samuels finished sixth (57.94), Mallorie Lim swam a personal best for ninth (58.42), and Melanie Tansuwan was 13th.

Alicia Witter (1:54.23) and Rebecca Plume placed fourth and eighth in the 200 free. Maggie Brophy won the consolation 200 free with personal best 153.62, a faster time than both Witter and Plume to place ninth. Danielle Garcia took 19th.

In the 100 breast, Morgan Finley and Angela Samuels finished fourth and sixth, with Finley putting up a personal best time of 1:06.06.

Along with Mathewson's performance in the 100 back, Lim took 14th, Witter placed 17th, and Amanda Luciano finished 20th. The event was the second of the night for Witter.

Mathewson, Finley, Samuels, and Alex Wike swam the 400 medley relay for the Lions and finished fourth in a competitive race.

LMU does not field a diving squad and sacrifices the points earned in the diving events. As a result, the Lions are out-swimming most teams and are only trailing due to the points earned in the diving events.

Competition concludes Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.