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LMU Tops USD and CSUN at Big West Shootout

Nov. 4, 2007

IRVINE, CA - LMU Swimmers topped USD and CSUN at the Lincoln Aquatics Shootout in Irvine, Calif. on Saturday. The Lincoln Aquatics Shootout is cross-scored as dual meets for each team competing against other schools in their pool. LMU competed in the east pool against USD and CSUN, beating USD by a narrow margin of 58 to 53 and CSUN by a count of 61 to 34. Also competing at the same time, but in the west pool, were host UC Irvine, Hawaii, UC Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Pepperdine.

The Lions won the duals against USD and CSUN on the strength of their relays, winning both the opening 400 Medley Relay in 4:05.59 and the 400 Freestyle Relay at the end in 3:41.54. This allowed LMU to make up the 16 diving points lost to USD because LMU does not field a diving squad. The Lion's medley relay was comprised of freshman Kristen Hiller, senior Angela Samuels, sophomore Mallorie Lim and senior Alex Wike. Freshmen Carolyn Pasque and Aja Kusao and sophomore transfer Megan Sawelson joined Alicia Witter to capture the 400 Freestyle relay by a comfortable 4.5 second margin over the second place team from USD.

The sprint Freestyle events proved once again to be the strongest for the Lions, with Wike capturing both the 50 and 100 yard races with Kusao and Pasque making it an LMU sweep in the 50, and Pasque also capturing third in the 100 for a 1-3 finish. In the longer Freestyle events, Witter and Rebecca Plume battled to a second and third place finish in the 200 Freestyle while sophomore Trinity O'Neill placed third in the 1,000 Freestyle. O'Neill later returned to capture another third place finish in the 200 Butterfly.

Other Lions scoring points in the duals were Samuels, who placed second in the 200 Individual Medley, and Melanie Tansuwan, who placed third in the 200 Breaststroke.

The Lions will conclude the fall season when they compete at the Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif. from Nov. 15-17.