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Swimming Wins First PCSC Individual Title in Program History

Feb. 19, 2005

Long Beach, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming continued its success at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championship on Friday, setting five new program records and winning its first-ever individual event title when sophomore Lauren Mathewson won the 100 backstroke.

Mathewson took the 100 backstroke crown on Friday night, swimming it in 56.36 and beating the second place swimmer from Pepperdine by almost two seconds. The 56.36 is a new school record for the Lions, while Mathewson's top finish also marks the first time in program history that an LMU swimmer has finished first in an individual event at the PCSC Championship.

Freshman Angela Samuels also set two new LMU records, when she swam the 100 fly in 57.63 to finish third and the 100 breaststoke in 1:07.09 for fifth place. Sophomore Morgan Finley won the consolation title in the 100 breast, finishing just over three tenths of a second behind Samuels (1:07.43).

Another great story of the competition came when sophomore Katie Hicks took fourth in the 200 free. Hicks swam the preliminaries Friday morning, and then while the rest of the competition rested during the afternoon break, she returned to the LMU campus to compete with the water polo team. Hicks had five shots for the third-ranked Lions, before returning to Long Beach to swim in the 200 free finals.

Both Hicks' time of 1:54.35 and Maggie Brophy's time of 1:55.38 were fast enough for new school records. Brophy finished in sixth place, while Hicks will now hold the title of all-time fastest Lion in the 200 free.

Mathewson, Finley, Samuels, and Brophy then combined to take sixth in the 400 medley relay, finishing with a time of 4:01.79.

The successful day for the Lions gave them 628 points, good for fifth of ten teams. However, all of the other teams earn points from the two diving events. Without the points from the diving events, the Lions would be in third place and ahead of local rival Pepperdine and Cal State Bakersfield.

The teams will wrap up competition at the PCSC Championship Saturday in Long Beach.