Nov. 21, 2004
Long Beach, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming found success over the weekend, swimming at the competitive Speedo Cup. Sophomores Lauren Mathewson and Morgan Finley and freshmen Maggie Brophy and Angela Samuels led the Lions to a 14th place team finish among several of the nation's toughest squads.
The annual Speedo Cup was dominated by Stanford and Oregon State, two Pac-10 powerhouse teams which are among the strongest in the country. As a team, LMU out-scored local rival Pepperdine, who in previous seasons, beat LMU by large margins. The Lions forfeited 30 points and a new program record when their 800 freestyle relay team was disqualified because of a false start.
In the first event of the meet, Brophy shattered her best 500 freestyle performance and set a new LMU program record with a 5:08.86, taking almost seven seconds off the record that she set just last week at LMU's Pentathlon event with a 5:15.58.
Mathewson, who has been training for only three weeks due to an elbow injury, made a strong comeback by leading off the 200 medley relay which placed eighth. The sophomore then won her consolation heat final in the 100 backstroke with a very strong early season time of 58.73. Her 17th place finish out of 118 swimmers was the fastest of all other PCSC swimmers in the meet, setting her up as the favorite to win the conference title at the PCSC Championships in February.
Finley equaled her career best 100 breaststroke time which she swam at last February's PCSC Championships when 'shaved and tapered'. At the Speedo Cup, she placed 24th overall in the event out of 83 competitors, qualifying for one of the consolation finals. Finley also made the consolation finals in the 200 breaststroke and achieved a personal best time in the 200 IM.
Samuels was outstanding in both the 100 and 200 butterfly events, making consolation finals in both events. Her time of 58.73 in the 100 was good for 18th place out of 99 competitors. She also was the fastest PCSC swimmer in the event and is expected to be one of the top swimmers in that event at the conference championships in February. Samuels also swam the butterfly legs in both the 200 and 400 medley relays, helping LMU to a top eight finish in the 200.