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LMU Returns to the Water, Hosts UC San Diego on Saturday

Jan. 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After taking a hiatus from competitive swimming during the Holiday Season, the Lions will return to the water to host the defending PCSC champion, UC San Diego, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Burns Aquatic Center.

The Lions, who last swam November 15 to 17 at the UC Irvine/Nike Cup, will look to continue a strong start to the 2007-08 season. LMU swimmers finished 10th of 22 teams at the UC Irvine/Nike Cup, including sophomore Trinity O'Neill who led the Lions in the meet, scoring in two individual events and taking 17th place in the 400 Individual Medley with a new LMU program-record time of 4:33.29.

Prior to the UC Irvine/Nike Cup, LMU topped USD and Cal State Northridge at the Big West Shootout in Irvine, Calif. on November 4. The Lions won the duals against USD and CSUN on the strength of their relays, winning both the opening 400 Medley Relay in 4:05.59 and the 400 Freestyle Relay at the end in 3:41.54. This allowed LMU to make up the 16 diving points lost to USD because LMU does not field a diving squad. The Lions have also posted two victories over the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and one over Seattle University earlier this season while posting a second-place finish at the PCSC Kick-Off on October 12.

The Triton swimming team also last saw action at the Nike Cup in mid November. The men's team finished eighth while the women's squad notched a seventh-place mark. Prior to the Nike Cup, the Tritons went up against two Division I opponents in UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly on November 10. The women's 200 free relay team finished second and UCSD tallied four third-place individual finishes. On November 3, the Triton women won 9-of-16 events and defeated Cal State Bakersfield 159-136. Aubrey Panis scored several points for the Tritons as she won the 100 back, 100 free and was part of both the winning 400 medley and 400 free relay teams.

After taking on the Tritons on Saturday, LMU will head to Maui, Hawaii to train and compete against various squads including the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The Lions will swim in Maui from January 6 to 12 before hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on January 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Burns Aquatic Center.