Feb. 18, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming had another record day at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference (PCSC) Championship Thursday in Long Beach. The Lions set three new program records and gained ground in the overall standings, moving into fifth place among the 10 competing teams. Without a diving program, LMU has to rely on points built up only from the swimming events, as all the other teams have the potential to earn points in the two diving events.
The Lions' biggest point-earner of the day came in the 500 free when sixth-seeded Maggie Brophy exceeded expectations, finishing fourth. Her time of 05:05.96 beat the previous LMU record she had set earlier this season by almost three seconds.
In the 200 individual medley, fellow freshman Liz Magura also beat out her seed of fifth, finishing second with a time of 02:09.52. Magura's time on Thursday shaved almost three seconds off her previous season-best time.
Sophomore Katie Hicks continued the success for the Lions, turning her seventh seed into a fourth place finish in the 50 free. Her time of 23.62 was the second new school record of the day, as she took almost a second off her previous season-best time in the sprint.
Angela Samuels, Liz Magura, Lauren Mathewson, and Katie Hicks were seeded fifth in the 200 free, but used a time of 01:36.48 to finish third. Their time also set a new LMU record, breaking the previous one by almost three seconds.
Day two's events moved the Lions from sixth to fifth place among the 10 competing teams. Though all of LMU's finishes have been among the top four, the other teams gain ground on the Lions by competiting in the diving events.
Competition at the conference championship continues through Saturday in Long Beach.