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Lions Start Rivalry Weekend with Win Over Waves

Jan. 20, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount swimming celebrated Rivalry Weekend and Senior Saturday in style, topping Pepperdine 172-90 in the final home competition of the season at Burns Aquatic Center. With the win, the Lions improved to 6-5 in dual action on the season and secured their third straight dual win over the Waves.

The morning began with the Mane Deck dedication ceremony, commemorating the official opening of the section of the pool deck that honors past aquatic champions. The day concluded with a tribute to LMU's four graduating seniors: Amanda Luciano, Morgan Finley, Sarah Hamilton, and Lauren Mathewson.

Finley established a new school record in her final meet in an LMU suit, when she swam the 200 breast in 2:23.82.

The Lions won nine of the day's 14 events, including both relays: the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. The 200 medley relay was the first event of the day, and Mathewson, Hamilton, Angela Samuels, and Alex Wike got the Lions off to a strong start with a first place victory in 1:47.48.

Freshman Trinity O'Neill continued the momentum with a 10:42.00 in the 1000 free, also good for first place.

Mathewson continued her undefeated streak in dual backstroke events by winning both the 100 back (56.82) and the 200 back (2:14.07). No swimmer has topped Mathewson in a dual backstroke event in three seasons.

The second freshman of the meet to win an event for the Lions, Melanie Tansuwan extended the Lions' lead by taking first in the 200 fly in 2:10.37.

Wike won the 50 free in 25.14, while Maggie Brophy took the 500 free in 5:13.08.

The 400 free relay team of Mathewson, Mallorie Lim, Alicia Witter, and Wike closed off the Lions' day with the win in 3:41.35.

The big victory was the Lions' third straight win over crosstown rival Pepperdine.

LMU has just one remaining dual meet before the conference championships. The Lions will take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif. next Friday at 2:00 p.m.

-GO LIONS-