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LMU Shines in Alaska, Beats Nanooks 127-78 in First Meet

Oct. 21, 2007

FAIRBANKS, AK - Loyola Marymount swimming won six of the 11 events to take a 127-78 victory in the first of two dual meets this weekend against the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday.

Junior Rebecca Plume had a great day in the water, taking second place in the 1650 Yard Freestyle event in 18:27.18. The junior went on to capture the top spot in the 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 5:18.71 and served as the second swimmer in LMU's first place 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team that touched in 1:42.12. Megan Sawelson, Melanie Tansuwan and Alex Wike rounded out the winning relay team.

In the 400 Yard Medley Relay, the team of sophomores Alicia Witter and Trinity O'Neill, senior Angela Samuels and freshman Carolyn Pasque finished second with a time of 4:12.67.

The Lions took home the top two spots in the 200 Yard Freestyle race, with Witter and Sawelson turning in times of 2:00.05 and 2:00.32, respectively. LMU also dominated the 50 Yard Freestyle event when Wike touched the wall in 25.89 for first place, just ahead of Pasque at 26.06.

Alaska's Mariya Pavlovskaya took the top spot in the 200 Yard IM with a time of 2:13.79, with three Lions finishing second, third and fourth. Seniors Samuels (2:15.24), Liz Magura (2:17.79) and Alyssa Geraghty (2:22.90) followed in that order for LMU.

The same trend continued in event six, the 200 Yard Butterfly. This time it was the Nanooks' Kelly Becker finishing first at 2:10.06 with sophomores O'Neill (2:12.48), Tansuwan (2:18.33) and Katie Mistry (2:25.45) finishing second through fourth.

The Lions contributed the top three swimmers in the 100 Yard Freestyle, as Pasque led the pack at 55.71 and Wike and Mallorie Lim touched in 56.23 and 57.07 for second and third.

Loyola Marymount's Kristen Lutjen and Kristen Hiller finished second and third behind Pavlovskaya in the 200 Yard Backstroke. Pavlovskaya turned in a time of 2:11.77, while the Lions finished in 2:14.43 and 2:19.27.

The 200 Yard Breaststroke once again saw three Lion swimmers finish first through third. Geraghty claimed the top spot in 2:32.68, Samuels finished second with a time of 2:33.78 and Magura rounded out the top three in 2:35.74.

The Lions and Nanooks will return to action on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the second of two dual meets between the squads this weekend. After competing in Alaska, LMU will head to Malibu, Calif. on October 27 to take part in the Malibu Invitational hosted by Pepperdine at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.