Oct. 3, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Led by sophomore Trinity O'Neill, who captured victories in the 1000 freestyle and 200 and 400 IM, the Silver squad defeated its Crimson and Blue rivals by a narrow margin of 73-67 and 73-68 at the annual Intersquad/Alumnae Meet at the Burns Aquatic Center on September 29. The Lions open the 2007-08 season next week at the PCSC Kickoff.
Seniors Alex Wike (sprint freestyle) and Alyssa Geraghty (breaststroke) contributed to the Silver team victory by capturing a first and second place in their speciality events and teaming with O'Neill and sophomore Mallorie Lim to capture the 200 medley relay title.
Coming in a close second in the medley relay was the LMU Alumnae team of Lauren Mathewson (Class of 2007), Morgan Finley (Class of 2007), Krista Zabor (Class of 2004), and Amanda Luciano (Class of 2007). The foursome, who collectively broke 14 individual school records in their years with the Lions, last performed together in February 2004 at the PCSC Conference Championship. Zabor, now a graduate student at USC, still claims ownership of LMU oldest school record in the 200 individual medley, while Mathewson is the current school record holder in the 100 and 200 backstroke events, and Finley the 200 Breaststroke.
Freshman Carolyn Pasque led the Crimson team, claiming victories in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events over her upperclassman teammates and placing second to Wike in the 50 freestyle. Senior Angela Samuels added a first and second place victory for the Crimson team in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
Sophomore Kristen Lutjen led the Blue team, claiming a double-victory over her Crimson and Silver rivals in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events, while her Blue teammates, Katie Mistry and Melanie Tansuwan, captured the 100 and 200 butterfly races.
Mathewson topped all current LMU swimmers in the 100 backstroke, extending her 3-year undefeated streak in backstroke dual events which dates back to her sophomore season.
The Blue team claimed the day's final event, an 8 x 25 yard relay with fins, when transfer Megan Sawelson blazed past the Silver and Crimson teams in the final 25 yards of the race. Sawelson had earlier scored in three freestyle events placing second in the 200 and third in the 50 and 100.
LMU officially opens its season on Oct. 12-13 at the PCSC Pentathlon and Relays hosted by Cal Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.