Feb. 16, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - After a record-setting season, Loyola Marymount swimming heads to Long Beach for the rest of the week to compete in the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference (PCSC) Championship. The four-day event kicks off Wednesday at the Belmont Plaza Pool and continues through the Saturday. The inclement weather forecasted for the area will not affect the meet, as the plaza's pool is indoors.
The conference championship meet is scored to 24th place, with the top eight qualifying for the finals. Based on their entry times, several LMU swimmers are seeded in the top eight.
Sophomore Lauren Mathewson is the top seed of all entrants in the 100 backstroke and the fourth seed in the 200 backstroke, events she is undefeated in this season in dual competitions. Mathewson was named the LMU Student-Athlete of the Month last week for her record-setting accomplishments during the 2004-05 swimming season.
Katie Hicks received the competition's third seed in the 100 freestyle, seventh in the 50 free, and eighth in the 200 free. The sophomore is also undefeated in these events in dual competition this season.Morgan Finley, also a sophomore, enters the competition as the seventh seed in the 100 breaststroke.
A group of LMU freshmen hold the remaining individual events seeds for the Lions. Angela Samuels is the fourth seed in the 100 butterfly and the seventh seed in the 200 fly. Liz Magura was selected as the fifth seed in both the 200 and 400 individual medley. LMU record-holder Maggie Brophy rounds out the individual seeds for the Lions as the sixth seed in both the 500 and 200 freestyle.
LMU's 800 free relay team earned the conference championship's second seed. The Lions are also the third seed in the 200 and 400 medley relay and the 400 free relay, and the fifth seed in the 200 free relay. The teams will look to beat 2004's high relay finish of sixth place.
With two swimmers placing in the top eight last season, the Lions finished in eighth place in the PCSC.
"UC San Diego is very strong, and should win the meet without much of a challenge," LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. "But it should be very close for second through sixth place, between LMU Pepperdine, Cal State Bakersfield, UC Santa Cruz, and Cal Baptist. All of the programs compete in diving except LMU, so we will lose points to all those schools in the two diving events. We will just have to out-swim them."