Dec. 4, 2005
San Jose, Calif. - In its first competitive trip to Northern California, Loyola Marymount swimming topped UC Santa Cruz in a five-way dual meet hosted by San Jose State. LMU bested the Banana Slugs by 121 points, but fell to Idaho, Nevada, and the host Spartans Saturday.
The Lions topped UC Santa Cruz 207-86, but were on the other end of the score against Idaho (158-103), San Jose State (214-65), and Nevada (217-76). LMU and Idaho were the only two schools to not participate in the diving events, and therefore sacrificed 32 points to the other programs.
Head Coach Bonnie Adair had planned to use the five-way dual to experiment with her lineup, but an injury to standout Katie Hicks left her to change her plans. "We were planning on letting swimmers try some different events than they had done at the Speedo Cup, but with Katie out, we had to switch things at the last moment and thus had a few `flat' performances," Adair said.
Junior Lauren Mathewson led the Lions, winning the 100 backstroke overall and finishing fourth overall in the 50 freestyle, topping all swimmers from Idaho and UC Santa Cruz.
Sophomore Angela Samuels posted her strongest performance since returning from surgery, finishing third overall in the 100 butterfly.
The five-way dual capped the Lions' fall semester of competition. LMU returns to action January 7 at San Diego.