Feb. 17, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming posted a program-best start at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championship Wednesday in Long Beach. With just two events held on the first day, LMU won the 200 medley relay, defeating conference-favorite UC San Diego. They Lions also took second place in the 800 free relay and set two new school records in the process, as the conference championship continues through Saturday.
Lauren Mathewson, Morgan Finley, Angela Samuels, and Katie Hicks combined to lead LMU to the 200 medley relay first place finish, clocking a time of 1:47.31 for a new school record. It was a battle at the finish, as the Lions defeated UC San Diego by less than two-tenths of a second.Wednesday's time beat the previous LMU record, that Mathewson and Finley helped set last season as freshmen. The 200 medley relay marked the first PCSC title in program history for the Lions.
The Lions then took second in the 800 free relay, as Liz Magura, Hicks, Christine Gore, and Maggie Brophy finished in 7:42.68, smashing another school record by approximately 16 seconds. LMU was almost a body-length behind leader UC San Diego, but Hicks was able to catch the Tritons' swimmer to pull the Lions back in the race.
LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair predicted a highly competitive fight for second place in the conference, with favorite UC San Diego expected to finish first. With the success of the first day, the Lions set themselves in good position to make a run at that second place finish. However, all of the other programs compete in diving, and the Lions will have to establish enough of a lead from the swimming events to outscore the teams in the end.
The PCSC is made of an assortment of NCAA Division I, II and III schools such as Pepperdine, 13-time NCAA Division II men's champion Cal State Bakersfield, Division II powerhouse UC San Diego, Cal Baptist, Seattle University, and others.
LMU continues competition at the PCSC Championship through Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.