Dec. 1, 2006
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming had a strong first day at the Cal Poly Invitational, as the Lions won three events. The two-day invitational concludes tomorrow at the five-team competition.
Hicks and Mathewson won the Lions' two other titles of the day, with Hicks winning the 100 free in 52.90 and Mathewson finishing first in the 100 back in 59.28.
Freshman Trinity O'Neill also had an impressive day, finishing second in the 200 fly in 2:08.98. She also took third in the 500 free with a time of 5:17.05.
Samuels and freshman Mallorie Lim gave the Lions two finishers in the top-5 in the 100 fly. Samuels took second in 59.61, and Lim finished fourth in 59.91. Less than a second separated the first four swimmers.
Finley added a fourth-place finish in the 200 breast (2:29.12).
Hicks also finished second in the 200 free with a mark of 1:56.06.
Liz Magura placed third in the 200 IM in 2:12.78.
The Cal Poly Invitational presents tough competition this weekend, especially from Nevada, who finished second in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2006. Entering this weekend's event, Nevada has not faced competition in nearly a month since going 5-0 at the Phill Hansel Duals in Houston November 3-4. Nevada brings its 6-0 overall dual mark into this weekend's competition.
The Lions had already previewed Cal Poly, San Diego, and Cal State Northridge, facing them all in different early-season meets leading up to this weekend. LMU topped both San Diego and Cal State Northridge at the UC Irvine Speedo Cup two weeks ago.The Cal Poly Invitational will conclude Saturday at Sinsheimer Park at the San Luis Obispo Swim Center. As always, LMU did not compete in the diving events and will continue to look to make up the diving points with strong swimming performances.