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Swimming and Baseball Earn Monthly Honors

March 8, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (Mar. 8, 2005) -- Loyola Marymount University sophomore Katie Hicks and junior James Cooper were named the LMU/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Student-Athletes of the Month for February. Hicks helped the LMU swim team to its best conference finish in program history and Cooper is off to a great start in the 2005 season.

Hicks led LMU to the 200 medley relay first place finish, setting a new school record in the process. The record was an indication to come as Hicks and the Lions would go on to shatter many school records. Hicks took second in the 800 free relay, smashing another school record by approximately 16 seconds.

She turned her seventh seed into a fourth place finish in the 50 free. Her time of 23.62 was the second new school record of the day, as she took almost a second off her previous season-best time in the sprint. Hicks was seeded fifth in the 200 free, but used a time of 01:36.48 to lead the Lions to a third place finish.

On Friday morning, Hicks took fourth in the 200 free and while the other swimmers rested during the afternoon break, she returned to the LMU campus to compete with the water polo team. Hicks had five shots for the third-ranked Lions, before returning to Long Beach to swim in the 200 free finals, where she set another school record.

She then claimed a third place PCSC finish for the Lions, taking third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.97. Earlier that morning, Hicks had won the preliminaries in the same event with a program record setting time of 51.67 shattering the previous record of 53.24 which she set at the Malibu Invitational last October.

The right fielder Cooper went 11-for-27 (.407) to start the season, earning eight RBI, two home runs, two triples, and nine runs scored in his eight starts. The Lions' junior also posted a slugging percentage of .778 and an on-base percentage of .543 after tallying 21 total bases. Despite only having played eight games so far this season, Cooper has put up big numbers thanks in part to the Lions' first grand slam of 2005 in the fifth inning against Utah. The grand slam broke open a 6-3 game to lead LMU to the 17-8 win - helping the Lions score the most runs since the 2003 season and equal 2004's season-high in hits.

Each month during the academic calendar, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) will chose a male and female Enterprise Rent - A - Car student-athlete of the month whose performance best represents the traditions of Loyola Marymount University. Other student-athletes nominated this month were Matthew Knight (men's basketball), Margo Pineda (softball), Rachel Riddell (women's water polo), Nico Terrien (men's tennis), Rachael Ziemann (women's basketball) and the women's tennis doubles team of Erin Ivey and Kimi Kaloi.