Feb. 8, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - The 2005-06 Loyola Marymount swimming squad already has a lot to be proud of. During the regular season, the Lions set the school record for victories, going 9-5 in dual action. Several of the members of the current team are LMU all-time event record holders, as current Lions hold 16 of the 19 records. But this week, the Lions will go for their highest finish ever at the PCSC Championships, which begin Wednesday at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.
Last year's third place finish at the PCSCs was a record, and LMU will look for second place this season. Third-year LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair predicted a highly competitive fight for second place in the conference, with favorite UC San Diego expected to finish first. Adair and the Lions look to close the gap between UCSD and LMU this season.
LMU has swimmers seeded in the top 10 for every event except the diving events, as LMU does not field a diving team. Highlighting the seeds is junior Lauren Mathewson, who is the PCSC's top seed in the 100 backstroke. Mathewson is the defending 100 backstroke champion, as she won LMU's first-ever conference individual event title in 2005. She is also the LMU record-holder in the event.
Also among the seeding highlights are LMU's relay teams. The Lions are seeded second in the 200 medley relay, the 800 free relay, the 200 free relay, and the 400 medley relay. "We hope to gain momentum from our relay performances," Adair said. "We have the chance to win several of them."Other highly-seeded individual Lions include Katie Hicks (second in the 50 free and 100 free) and Sarah Hamilton (second in the 100 breast). With Hamilton as the second seed in the 100 breast, the Lions placed three in the top-eight, as Morgan Finley is seeded sixth and Angela Samuels seventh.
Sophomore Maggie Brophy is also seeded fourth in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 free.
The PCSC is made of an assortment of NCAA Division I, II and III schools such as Pepperdine, 13-time NCAA Division II men's champion Cal State Bakersfield, Division II powerhouse UC San Diego, Cal Baptist, Seattle University, and others.
Competition begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday in Long Beach, Calif. Fans can follow of the action at the PCSC Championship Central at www.LMULions.com. Results for the day will be posted late each night.