Jan. 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Coming off an impressive victory over UC San Diego in its first home swim meet of the season and a week of training and competition in Maui, Hawai'i, LMU swimming will return to Burns Aquatic Center this week to host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Cal State Bakersfield. The meet against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, followed by the competition against Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Last week in Maui, 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.
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. Megan Sawelson showed no fear of open water en route to claiming the top spot in the race with a time of 14:26.29. Sam 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.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is off to a strong start this season, earning victories over Trinity University, Caltech, Occidental and most recently the University of LaVerne on January 12. The Athenas also took part in the Nike Cup, finishing 17th of 22 teams at the event. On January 6, the team hit the water at the UC Irvine relays, turning in a fifth-place finish in the eight-team field.
The Roadrunners have yet to record a victory over an opponent in a dual meet this season, dropping meets against UC San Diego on November 3, UC Santa Barbara on November 17, and back-to-back meets against San Jose State on January 4 and 5. The team participated in both the Cal Poly Invitational and the UNLV Winter Invitational earlier this year, putting forth improving times throughout both invites.
After competing against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Cal State Bakersfield this week, LMU will return to the water on January 26 at 12 p.m. to host San Diego in the final home meet of the season before the PCSC Championships on February 13.