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Pair of Freshmen Named High Point Winners at Malibu Invitational

Oct. 31, 2004

Malibu, Calif. - A pair of freshmen swimmers were LMU's high point swimmers in the sprint and distance events at Saturday's Malibu Invitational hosted by Pepperdine. Freshman Katie Hicks was named the high point sprinter, while fellow rookie Liz Magura claimed the distance crown.

The Invitational, which awarded the high point sprinter and distance swimmer from each team rather than score it by school, was held at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

Hicks led the LMU sprinters, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle and setting a new program record in the 100 free with a time of 53.24. She also swam on both the 200 and 400 free winning relay teams.

Magura was LMU's distance winner after having a strong outing in all three 200 events: the 200 IM, the 200 breast, and the 200 free. The freshman swam the three events all within a total of 20 minutes, just before leading off the winning 400 free relay team. Magura also swam on the winning 200 free relay squad.

Fellow freshman Maggie Brophy set a new all-time LMU record in the 200 free with a mark of 1:57.15.

Continuing the success of the LMU freshmen, Angela Samuels won the 50 breaststroke, took second in the 50 butterfly, and finished third in the 200 IM. She then swam the butterfly legs of the 200 and 400 winning medley relay teams.

Sophomore Morgan Finley was just barely out-touched in both breaststroke events and took second in both. She also swam the breaststroke leg of the winning 200 and 400 medley relay squads.

Though the Invitational was not scored by team, the Lions did win all four relay events.

LMU will swim its first home competition on Saturday, November 13, when the Lions host the LMU Pentathlon. The meet will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Burns Aquatic Center.