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Lions Finish Second in Pentathalon

Oct. 14, 2007

Loyola Marymount swimming opened their season this weekend at the PCSC Kick-Off hosted by Cal Baptist University. What was intended as a 90 minute event turned into a five hour marathon competition among nine competing schools. The Pentathlon's three competitions included the short medley, long medley, and freestyle events with the Lions finishing in second place out of the nine conference teams.

The PCSC adopted the format of the competition from LMU who played host to the event three years in a row. This year teams include Pepperdine, Cal Baptist, Seattle Unviersity, Cal State Bakersfield, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Biola University, Fresno Pacific and Chapman.

On Friday Lion swimmers toughened out the cold and dark conditions to demonstrate a strong presence in the competition. Eight Lions placed among the top-10 in one of the three Pentathlon series. In the Freestyle Pentathalon, LMU swimmers took four of the top-10 positions with junior Rebecca Plume placing the highest in third (15:12.54). Senior Alex Wike finished in fifth (15:20.57) while sophomores Megan Sawelson and Alicia Witter ended in seventh (15:22.42) and ninth place (15:23.45). Missing out on an award was freshman Carolyn Pasque who finished the event 11th out of the 48 swimmers.

In the Long Medley Pentathlon two Lions broke into the top-10. Senior Liz Magura captured third place with a time of 6:36.02 while sophomore Trinity O'Neill ended in 10th (6:43.79). The Short Medley Pentathlon saw senior Angela Samuels earn an award for placing third (2:59.08) while sophomore teammate Melanie Tansuwan came in eighth place with a time of 3:02.48. Sophomore Mallorie Lim and senior Kim McKay just missed the top-10 finishing 11th and 12th out of the 44 swimmers.

On Saturday LMU swimmers went head to head against other PCSC teams in the Lancer Cup Relays. The relays consisted of ten different swimming relays and two diving relays which the Lions did not compete in. LMU swimmers showed off the depth of this year's squad with strong performances by both their "A" and "B" relay entries. The 92 points contributed by the "B" relay teams would have place fifth of the nine teams in the competition.

The highlight of the day came in the final relay when LMU newcomers, Megan Sawelson and Carolyn Pasque teamed with Alex Wike and Alicia Witter to win the 400 Freestyle (3:35.15). Wike and Witter already hold two of the four school records in the event along with former Lions Katie Hicks and Lauren Mathewson. The new foursome of Wike, Witter, Sawelson and Pasque will be a strong contender for the conference title in February.

Pepperdine University won eight of the ten swimming relays and both diving relays, finishing the weekend in first place with 282 points. Host Cal Baptist placed third with 173 points.

Up next the Lions head to Seattle where they will meet Seattle University on October 18, followed by two dual meets against University of Alaska Fairbanks on October 20 and 21. Both teams participated in the PCSC opener this weekend with Seattle placing fourth in the Lancer Cup relays with 121 points and UAF placing sixth with 56 points.