Feb. 20, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming completed a history-making performance at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championship Saturday in Long Beach. The Lions finished third of 12 teams, the highest finish ever for an LMU swimming squad.
After sitting in fifth place for two straight days, the Lions rallied to make up points that the other programs earned from the two diving events. LMU is the only school of the 12 to not compete in diving. The Lions were looking to gain 63 points to catch Pepperdine in the fourth and final day of competition, which did not include any diving events.
LMU made up more than enough points, scoring 90 on Saturday to bring the final point total to 930 points to finish third in the PCSC. The Lions out-swam both Pepperdine and Cal State Bakersfield to pass the two teams, who finished with 903 and 902 respectively.
Wrapping up a strong four days of competition, sophomore Morgan Finley set another school record, this time in the 200 breaststroke. She shaved over a second off her previous season-best on Saturday, using a time of 2:25.07 to break the LMU record and finish sixth in the PCSC.
Fellow sophomore Lauren Mathewson, who won LMU's first-ever PCSC individual event title on Friday, took third place in the 200 backstroke, setting a school record with a time of 2:09.17. Kim McKay followed, finishing eighth in the same event with a personal best time of 2:12.88.
Katie Hicks also claimed a third place PCSC finish for the Lions, taking third in the 100 freestyle with her program record-setting time of 51.97. Earlier that morning, Hicks had won the preliminaries in the same event with almost an identical time of 51.67.
Angela Samuels gave the Lions another school record with her time in the 200 fly. Her mark of 2:10.54 was good for a fourth place conference finish.
The four-day conference championship concludes a history-making season for the Lions. In addition to the highest finish ever at the PCSCs, LMU broke 17 of 19 school event records over the course of the 2004-05 season.