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Lions Impress in Season-Opener at SDSU

Oct. 14, 2006

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San Diego, Calif. - Loyola Marymount won six of nine swim events in Saturday's dual meet at San Diego State, but it was not enough to top the host Aztecs, who earned 26 free points from the two diving events. The Aztecs (1-0) edged LMU 93-91, but the Lions (0-1) impressed in the season-opener for both teams.

Saturday's dual consisted of nine relays and two diving events at SDSU's Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center. The Lions took first place in six of those nine relay events. Because LMU does not field a diving squad, the Lions sacrificed the 13 points from each diving event to the Aztecs.

Just five events into the dual, LMU had already built a 10 point lead, winning the 200 free relay, the 3x100 fly relay, and the 3x100 back relay.

The Lions were still up by five points at 79-74 before the second diving event, after winning the 50-100-150-200 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

It was not until San Diego State received the second batch of diving points that the Aztecs were able to pass the Lions for good. LMU did win the last event, the 4x100 individual medley relay, but were still short two points in the end.

The teams also swam an 8x25 freestyle relay that was not scored. LMU won that exhibition event by over three seconds.

The Lions' biggest win of the day came in the 3x100 back relay, where Amanda Luciano, Alicia Witter, and Lauren Mathewson topped the Aztecs by almost four seconds.

The results show LMU's development in just a year, as SDSU defeated the Lions last season 180-107.

LMU continues action October 28 at Pepperdine's Malibu Invitational.