Oct. 22, 2005
Fairbanks, Alaska - Loyola Marymount swimming more than tripled the score of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in its season-opener Friday, as the Lions defeated the Nanooks 156-49 in the first of two dual meets at Hamme Pool this weekend. It was UAF's first collegiate competition since its program was discountinued in 1987.
The meet gave third-year Head Coach Bonnie Adair the chance to test the depth of some of the team's 10 newcomers, and several rookies rose to the occasion. Freshmen Diana DeCesare (1000 free, 400 free relay), Gillian Ghazal (200 free), and Julia Hall (400 free relay) all recorded first place finishes for the Lions.
Returners Katie Hicks (50 free, 100 free, 200 medley relay), Liz Magura (400 IM, 200 medley relay), Kim McKay (100 butterfly, 400 free relay), Lauren Mathewson (100 backstroke, 200 medley relay), Maggie Brophy (500 free), Christine Gore (400 free relay), and Sarah Hamilton (100 breaststoke, 200 medley relay) took first in each of the remaining events to secure the LMU sweep.
The Lions will have a re-match with the Nanooks at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.