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Lions Continue Pursuit of Perfection, Host University of San Diego on Saturday

Jan. 23, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU, coming off impressive victories over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Cal State Bakersfield last week, will look to remain undefeated in dual meets this season as they host the University of San Diego on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Burns Aquatic Center. The Lions are attempting to complete the season at 9-0 in dual meets, marking what would be the first time in LMU history that a swim team has finished undefeated.

Junior Rebecca Plume set a new LMU record with a time of 10:38.88 in the 1000 freestyle to help guide the Lions to a 176-86 victory CMS on Friday. Plume, a native of Burlingame, Calif. broke Maggie Brophy's mark of 10:39.23, which was set in 2005, in the day's second event. On Saturday, LMU earned a 154-104 victory over visiting Cal State Bakersfield. The Lions captured first place in eight of the 14 events en route to the win, led by Angela Samuels and Plume who each contributed 18 individual points.

LMU proved dominant in the freestyle events last week, sweeping the top-three spots at the 50, 100, 200 and 500 distances and winning the 400 relay against Bakersfield. In addition, LMU won the 500 and 1000, swept the top-three spots in the 100, claimed the top-two spots in the 200 and won the 400 freestyle relay against CMS. In all, LMU took first place in 10 of 12 freestyle events over the two duals.

The University of San Diego is coming off a disappointing loss to their cross-town rival UC San Diego, 176-124, last Friday. Sarah Gleason finished with a solid first-place finish in the 1650 freestyle (17:58.05) and a second place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:15.68). Teammate Katherine Kiefer followed in second place in the 1650 with a time of 18:26.65. Kristen Yoon showed well as she had a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:00.88) and a second place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:11.86). Joy Miller had three second-place finishes in her events. Her 200 butterfly finish had a time of 2:07.97, her 100 butterfly time was 58.58, and her 200 individual medley time was 2:13.91.

After hosting San Diego on Saturday, LMU will take a break from action before entering the PCSC Championships on February 13. At last year's Championships, Loyola Marymount swimming posted its best finish in program history, finishing second of 14 teams with 1049.5 points. In the conference championship's 17 swimming events, the Lions set new school records in 10 of them and new PCSC records in two. PCSC Championship triple winner Lauren Mathewson, along with teammates Morgan Finley, Alex Wike, Trinity O'Neill, and Samuels were selected to the PCSC All-Conference Team following the meet. The five LMU selections marked the most swimmers the Lions have ever placed on the all-conference team.

LMU RECORDS SET AT THE 2007 PCSC CHAMPIONSHIP

DAY 1
200 Medley Relay: Mathewson, Finley, Samuels, Wike 1:44.24*
800 Freestyle Relay Magura, Brophy, Plume, Witter 7:39.24

DAY 2
500 Freestyle: Maggie Brophy 5:05.53
200 Freestyle Relay: Cook, Mathewson, Magura, Wike 1:36.42

DAY 3
400 Individual Medley: Trinity O'Neill 4:34.82
100 Backstroke: Lauren Mathewson 54.94*

DAY 4
1650 Freestyle: Julia Hall 18:01.78
200 Backstroke: Lauren Mathewson 2:03.78
200 Breaststroke: Morgan Finley 2:23.50
200 Butterfly: Trinity O'Neill 2:05.72

*also a new PCSC Conference Record