July 6, 2006
PART SIX - Commissioner's Cup Series: Lion fans can relive the 2005-06 Commissioner's Cup every week on www.LMULions.com as we look back on cup-clinching moments all summer. The sixth installment features Loyola Marymount swimming. The Lions rewrote the record book in their 2005-06 campaign, en route to a fourth place finish at the PCSC Championship.
Highlighted by eight new school records and four event titles, LoyolaMarymount swimming concluded its season at the PCSC Championshipsin Long Beach, Calif. The Lions finished fourth of 15 programsin the conference. The Lions' four-day point total left them in fourth place in the PCSC. If the other programs had not gained points from the diving competition, LMU would have finished in second place. The Lions donot field a diving squad.
PCSC Event Champions
Several Lions won PCSC event titles at the conference championshipsin February. Sarah Hamilton won the 100 breast in a LMU record timeof 1:04.80. Lauren Mathewson defended her PCSC title in the 100back, breaking her own LMU record with a 55.95. Katie Hicks addedthe third individual event title when she won the 100 free in a schoolrecord time of 51.11. Mathewson, Hamilton, Angela Samuels, andHicks then teamed to win the Lions' a fourth PCSC title in the 200medley relay. The foursome set a new conference meet record and LMUrecord with its mark of 1:45.11.
Mathewson's Time Makes LMU History
Lauren Mathewson's PCSC title-winning time of 55.95 in the 100 backqualified her among the 2006 NCAA Championship "B" considerationstandards. This marks the first time an LMU swimmer qualifiedfor NCAA Championship consideration. In February, Mathewson'stime ranked as one of the nation's top-40 times.
LMU ended the regular season winning six straight dual wins. TheLions faced six teams in three weeks of dual action and won everymatch-up. The six straight came over San Diego, Pepperdine, CalPoly, Northern Colorado, Cal State Northridge, and ClaremontMcKenna.
Lions Finish Program-Best 9th at Speedo Cup
Loyola Marymount finished ninth of 19 teams at the 2005 SpeedoCup, hosted by UC Irvine at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif. Theninth place finish marks LMU's highest-ever standing at the competitiveannual event. LMU out-scored rivals San Diego (11th) andPepperdine (12th) and defeated both schools in all five relays. Inaddition to Katie Hicks' top-10 finish in the 100 free on day three,Lauren Mathewson recorded a top-10 finish in day two's 100 backstroke.Hicks finished sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.33to earn 24 points toward the Lions' three-day score. Mathewson finishedin a tie for fifth place with a time of 57.46.
Lions Win Annual LMU Pentathlon
For the second straight year, LMU won two of three competitions atthe LMU Pentathlon at the Burns Aquatics Center on the LMU campus.Katie Hicks claimed the short medley title, while Maggie Brophywon the freestyle competition crown. LMU hosted Pepperdine andCal State Northridge for Saturday's Pentathlon, in which each swimmerindividually entered one of the three competitions: the shortmedley, long medley, or freestyle. Each competition included fiveraces, with the swimmers' times being added from each of their fiveraces. Within each competition, the swimmer with the lowest timewas declared the winner. Hicks earned the short medley crown with atotal time of 2:53.01 after winning the 100 IM (1:00.53) and the 50free (24.63). Brophy claimed the freestyle competition title for thesecond straight year with a total time of 14:57.30 (14:57.80 in 2004).Within her competition, Brophy won the 200 free (1.55.97) and the500 free (5:09.89).
Hicks, McKay LMU High Point Winners at Malibu Invite
Katie Hicks and Kim McKay led Loyola Marymount at the MalibuInvitational, earning the titles of sprint and distance high point winnersfor the Lions. The invitational features three competitions andnames a high point winner in the sprint and distance competitionsfor each participating school. LMU dominated the sprint races, winningsix of the eight events. The Lions also won two distance andtwo relay events, making LMU the winner of 10 of the competition's16 events.