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O'Neill, Mathewson LMU's Winners at Malibu Invite

Oct. 29, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming posted impressive results Saturday at the annual Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine. Junior Lauren Mathewson and freshman Trinity O'Neill were named high point winners for LMU, claiming the sprint and distance titles respectively.

LMU won eight of the 14 swimming events, including half of the sprint events and four of the six distance events. The day was highlighted by O'Neill's school record-breaking performance in the 200 butterfly, as she shattered the LMU record by three ½ seconds with her 2:06.83. It was also a personal best for the rookie by over four seconds, and she finished almost nine seconds ahead of the second place swimmer Saturday.

Mathewson won the 50 and 100 backstroke with impressive early-season times of 26.45 and 58.54. She was also second in the 50 freestyle to Katie Hicks, with both of them finishing under 24 seconds: 23.78 for Hicks and 23.98 for Mathewson.

Mathewson was the high point winner for the sprint events, slightly edging Hicks who, in addition to the 50 freestyle, also won the 100 and 200 freestyle. Her 100 time of 51.53 was only .4 off her current school record, an impressive mark this early in the season. Hicks was also third in the 50 backstroke.

Both Mathewson and Hicks swam on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, along with freshman Mallorie Lim (both relays) and Liz Magura (400 free) and Morgan Finley (200 medley).

Finley won the 200 breast with a fast early-season time of 2:25.13, .06 of a second off her current school record time of 2:25.07. She also was second in the 50 and 100 breast.

Magura won the 200 IM with a 2:15.43 and was seventh in the 100 fly.

In addition to O'Neill's 200 fly school record, she also took third in the 200 breast and fifth in the 50 fly. Lim scored in the top-8 in three events, taking second in the 50 fly, sixth in the 50 backstroke, and sixth in the 100 free with a personal best time.

Alicia Witter also scored in three events, placing third in both the 200 backstroke and the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke. Katie Mistry was sixth in the 200 butterfly.

"Led by Trinity as the high point distance winner, our new freshmen had an outstanding meet for their first individual swims as LMU Lions," LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair said.

Junior Angela Samuels, was also very competitive, swimming six events in the morning sprint session and scoring in the top-8 in four of them. She took third place in the 50 fly and 50 breast, seventh in the 100 breast, and eighth in the 100 fly. She also finished in the top-5 in the 200 freestyle in the afternoon events. "It was very tough swimming on her part to be competitive in these back-to-back events," Adair said.

Kim McKay was second to Magura in the IM for a 1-2 LMU finish and was eighth in the 50 fly.

Alyssa Geraghty also had a very good meet, scoring seventh in the 50 breast and fifth in the 100 breast. She was also in the top-8 in the 200 IM and 200 breast.

Alex Wike, a junior water polo player, made her swimming debut with a personal best time in the 50 freestyle of 24.74 good for seventh place.

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