Oct. 24, 2005
Seattle, Wash. - Swimming its third dual on the road in four days, Loyola Marymount fell to Seattle University 137-125 at SU's Connolly Center Monday. The Lions return to Los Angeles 2-1 after the weekend of dual competitions at Alaska Fairbanks and SU.
LMU led by as many as 26 points Monday, but could not hold on for the win.
The Lions jumped to an early lead after winning the first five events of the dual. Lauren Mathewson, Sarah Hamilton, Liz Magura, and Katie Hicks teamed to win the 200 medley relay in 1:51.35. Newcomer Julia Hall earned a 10-second win in the 1,000 freestyle in 11:01.69. Sophomore Maggie Brophy won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.91, reigning PCSC Champion Mathewson took the 100 backstroke by more than three seconds in 1:02.12, and Hamilton won the 100 breaststroke by two seconds in 1:08.24.
Seattle did not get its first win until the 200 butterfly, and Katie Hicks quickly squashed the Redhawks' hope of a run by winning back-to-back events in the 50 free (24.73) and the 100 free (53.11).
It was not until the final six events that the Redhawks would begin a comeback. SU season-best times gave the Redhawks victories in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke.
Brophy and Hicks responded with decisive wins in the 500 freestyle (5:16.47) and the 100 butterfly (59.69) to give LMU the 116-110 lead heading into the final break of the afternoon with two events remaining.
But Seattle battled through the 200 IM, finishing first, third, and fourth to take a 124-121 lead heading into the final event: the 400 freestyle relay. With 11 team points going to the top finisher, the winner of the relay would take the meet. The Redhawks built an early lead in the first leg of the relay that the Lions would not makeup.
The Lions will swim at Pepperdine's Malibu Invitational on Saturday.