Dec. 6, 2004
Claremont, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming took third of 14 teams at the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Invitational this weekend, passing PCSC opponent Cal State Bakersfield in the two-day event. The meet closes their 2004 fall season, as the Lions will return on January 14 to host San Diego at the Burns Aquatic Center at noon.
LMU finished third out of 14 teams with 120.5 points, behind host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (156.5 points) and Cal Baptist (130.5 points). The Lions topped Cal State Bakersfield, who finished with 64 points. Both Cal Baptist and Cal State Bakersfield swim in the PCSC along with LMU.
"We used this meet to swim some `off' events and give the swimmers a break from their regular events," Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. "The meet in the past year has been very small but this year it was quite competitive with 14 teams, including Carleton which is a college in Minnesota."
Sophomore Lauren Mathewson won the 200 backstroke, an event she has only competed in once before, and set a new program record of 2:09.60. She also led off the 200 medley relay, which won a very close race over host CMS and Cal State Bakersfield. Others on the winning relay were Morgan Finley (breaststroke), Liz Magura (butterfly) and Katie Hicks (freestyle).
Hicks placed in all three freestyle events, taking fourth in the 50 after just barely missing the program record by .2, third in the 200 behind LMU freshman Maggie Brophy, and fourth in the 100. Hicks along with Mathewson, swam on all four `A' relay teams which placed first in the 200 medley relay, second in the 400 medley relay, third in the 200 freestyle relay, and third in the 400 freestyle.
Magura scored in all four of her events, battling to a second place finish in the 500 free, just .2 behind the winner and improving her personal best time by four seconds. She also improved her personal best time in the 200 butterfly, taking fifth place. The freshman finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke and eighth in the 100 butterfly.
Finley had another strong meet, taking third in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and seventh in the 500 freestyle, an event that she competed in for the first time in her LMU career.
Also scoring points for the team were freshmen Kim McKay, Alyssa Geraghty, Angela Samuels, Tiffany Matthews and Alicia Royal. McKay just missed winning the 100 backstroke with a 1:02.50, good for second place. She was also eighth in the 200 IM and 200 butterfly. Geraghty had her best 200 breaststroke of the season with a 2:32.74, for a sixth place finish. Samuels placed fifth in the 400 IM and seventh in the 200 IM. Royal took fifth in the 100 backstroke and Matthews placed eighth in the 500 freestyle.
The Lions will swim their spring opener at home against San Diego on January 14.