Jan. 10, 2008
MAUI, Hawai'i - After a hard-fought upset victory over UC San Diego last week at Burns Aquatic Center, LMU swimmers hit a few different pools of water this week in Hawai'i--the Lahaina Aquatic Center in Maui and the Pacific Ocean.
LMU took part in a pentathlon-swimming event against the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Macalester College, a DIII school from Minnesota, posting a strong showing in the five events before claiming the second through ninth spots in the final standings. Kim McKay led the pack of Lions in the pentathlon, finishing second with an overall time of 3:00.42, just 0.06 behind the winner, Mariya Pavlovskaya from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The event was composed of the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and the 100 individual medley. McKay posted times of 27.82 in the butterfly, 29.10 in the backstroke, 34.30 in the breaststroke, 25.84 in the freestyle and 1:03.36 in the IM to claim second place.
Mallorie Lim finished third overall with a combined time of 3:01.72, followed by Trinity O'Neill (3:04.17), Kristen Lutjen (3:04.60), Alex Wike (3:04.84), Carolyn Pasque (3:06.84), Angela Samuels (3:07.05) and Melanie Tansuwan (3:07.92) in fourth through ninth, respectively. After Alaska's Sam Zinsli claimed 10th overall, LMU posted four more swimmers in the top-15. Liz Magura (3:08.22), Aja Kusao (3:10.05), Alicia Witter (3:10.12) and Danielle Garcia (3:10.78) finished in those spots, in that order. In all, LMU contributed an incredible 12 of the top-15 swimmers in the pentathlon.
After swimming in the friendly confines of a pool, LMU took to the Pacific Ocean to partake in the 2008 Maui Mile, a one-mile open-water swim. Although some LMU swimmers had never swam competitively in the ocean, Megan Sawelson showed no fear en route to claiming the top spot in the race with a time of 14:26.29. Zinsli finished second for Alaska-Fairbanks with a time of 14:29.61 before LMU claimed third place with the arrival of Alicia Witter in 14:45.62. Following a trio of Alaska swimmers in fourth, fifth and sixth places, LMU nabbed the seventh through 19th spots in the race. Christine Gore (14:54.97), Tansuwan (14:55.86), Rebecca Plume (14:57.71) and Wike (14:58.50) rounded out the top-10 for LMU. In all, the Lions claimed six of the top-10 and 11 of the top-15 spots in the open-water mile swim.
In the second open-water event, LMU competed in the 300 Swim-Run open-water event. Alaska-Fairbanks faired well in the event, claiming the top-three spots, including Kinsey Laine's time of 4:35.83 to win the event. Pavlovskaya (4:42.50) and Zinsli (4:46.35) followed in second and third, respectively. LMU took home the fourth through 16th positions in the race, led by Gore with a time of 4:47.84. Sawelson (4:48.69), Kristina Fernandez (4:49.00), Plume (4:49.33), O'Neill (4:50.00), Witter (4:50.25) and Magura (4:52.00) filled the rest of the top-10.
The Lions have arranged one more competition against the other squads in Maui, a relay event in the pool that is scheduled to take place later tonight. After returning to California on the 12th, LMU will gear-up to host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on January 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Burns Aquatic Center.