Dec. 2, 2006
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - After two days of competition at the Cal Poly Invitational, Loyola Marymount swimming topped two of three opponents. The Lions (2-2) finished ahead of San Diego and the host Mustangs, but fell to invitational favorite Nevada. Cal State Northridge only competed Friday, therefore not appearing in the final results.
The five-team, two-day competition was scored as a dual between each pair of teams. Cal State Northridge planned to only participate in day one, so the Lions have only the three dual scores. LMU topped Cal Poly 154-83 and San Diego 141-93, but fell to Nevada 142-95. The Lions had to make up the diving event points through a strong swimming effort, as LMU does not field a diving squad.
The Lions won three event titles on each day of competition, to total six titles. On Saturday, LMU placed two Lions in the top-5 in seven events.
Lauren Mathewson (100 back in 58.79) and Katie Hicks (100 free in 53.77) won the individual event titles Saturday. The Lions' 200 free relay team won the third title of the day with a time of 1:38.59.
Joining Hicks in the top-5 of the 100 free, Alex Wike placed fourth in 54.57. Hicks also finished second in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.68. Freshman Alicia Witter placed fifth in that event in 1:59.65.
In the 50 free, Mathewson and Wike gave the Lions a 2-3 finish as Mathewson took second in 24.32 and Wike placed third in 24.75.
Trinity O'Neill posted a pair of second place finishes Saturday. The freshman finished second in the 400 IM (4:41.23) and in the 100 fly (59.78). In each event, she had a Lion with her in the top-5. Liz Magura joined her in the 400 IM, finishing fifth in 4:46.67, while it was Mallorie Lim with a third place finish (1:00.62) in the 100 fly.
LMU also earned points from a second place finish in the 400 medley relay (4:06.83).
The Lions now return home to Burns Aquatic Center to host Northern Arizona on Monday, December 18 at noon.