Nov. 17, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. - After day one of competition at the 2005 Speedo Cup, Loyola Marymount sits in 10th place of 19 teams. Just 10 points out of its goal of eighth place, the Lions will look to bridge the gap as competition continues on Friday at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.
LMU recorded its highest placing finish Thursday in the 400 medley relay, as the Lions took seventh place with a time of 3:58.72. That mark was less than a second off the school record time set in the spring of 2005.
The Lions' 200 free relay team placed ninth, finishing in 1:38.28.
Individually for the Lions, Katie Hicks earned points for the Lions by placing 14th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.46. Other top finishers for the Lions included sophomores Maggie Brophy, who finished 25th in the 500 free (5:07.4), and Liz Magura with a 31st place finish in the 200 IM (2:13.52).
With two days of competition remaining, LMU sits in 10th place after the first day's events. The Lions are just seven points behind ninth-place San Diego, and 10 points behind eighth-place Colorado State. LMU currently leads crosstown rival Pepperdine, who sits in 12th. The three-day meet boasts a competitive field, with 30 teams participating on the women and men's side, including third-ranked Stanford.
Three of the events LMU earned top-15 seedings in still remain on the schedule for Friday and Saturday. LMU earned a top-eight seeding in the 200 medley relay, and individually, Hicks is seeded 12th of 197 in the 100 free. Defending PCSC Champion Lauren Mathewson is also seeded 11th of 119 in the 100 backstroke.
Team points are awarded for individual finishes through 24th place. Other seeded Lions who will look to earn points for LMU on Friday and Saturday include Brophy in the 200 free, Magura in the 400 IM, Angela Samuels in the 100 fly, Sarah Hamilton in the 100 breast, and Morgan Finley in the 100 and 200 breast.