Nov. 23, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. - After earning points in both the 100 free and the 400 free relay on the final day of competition, Loyola Marymount finished ninth of 19 teams at the 2005 Speedo Cup, hosted by UC Irvine at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.
The ninth place finish marks LMU's highest-ever standing at the competitive annual event.
Katie Hicks finished sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.33 to earn 24 points toward the Lions' three-day score.
LMU later added to its score again by finishing 10th in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:35.48.
The three days of competition left the Lions in ninth place with a score of 305.5. LMU out-scored rivals San Diego (11th) and Pepperdine (12th) and defeated both schools in all five relays.
"Our swimmers competed well in the `big pond,'" Head Coach Bonnie Adair said, "and it was exciting to see our 200 medley relay team coming in third behind Stanford but ahead of some other very fast teams like Nevada Reno, San Jose State, Air Force, and BYU. Katie Hicks and Lauren Mathewson were not intimidated by the Stanford swimmers in the finals of their races and raced hard. I was very impressed with their races in the `big final' heat. They kept their cool and swam tough when many others in there for the first time might have fallen apart."
In addition to Hicks' top-10 finish on day three, Mathewson recorded a top-10 finish in day two's 100 backstroke. Mathewson finished in a tie for fifth place with a time of 57.46.
Up next for the Lions will be a re-match with several of the schools that joined LMU at the Speedo Cup. The Lions will travel to San Jose State on December 3 to take on Nevada Reno, UC Santa Cruz, Idaho, and the host Spartans in a meet beginning at 11:00 a.m.