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LMU-Best Third Place Finish at PCSC Championship

July 27, 2005

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Loyola Marymount swimming completed a history-making seasonat the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championshipin Long Beach. The Lions finished third of 12 teams, the highestfinish ever for an LMU swimming squad.

After sitting in fifth place for two straight days, the Lions ralliedto make up points that the other programs earned from the twodiving events. LMU was the only school of the 12 to not compete indiving. The Lions were looking to gain 63 points to catch Pepperdinein the fourth and final day of competition, which did not includeany diving events.

LMU made up more than enough points, scoring 90 on Saturdayto bring the final point total to 930 points to finish third in thePCSC. The Lions out-swam both Pepperdine and Cal State Bakersfieldto pass the two teams, who finished with 903 and 902 respectively.

Earlier at the PCSC Championship, sophomore LaurenMathewson took the 100 backstroke crown, swimming it in 56.36and beating the second place swimmer from Pepperdine by almosttwo seconds. The 56.36 is a new school record for the Lions, whileMathewson's top finish also marked the first time in program historythat an LMU swimmer finished first in an individual event atthe PCSC Championship.

LMU's five seniors: Bayley Diamond, Breanne Melconian,Miranda Mooers, Alex Tungand and Sheehan were honored in aceremony during the final session of the meet. Diamond and Mooersreceived additional recognition, being named to the PCSC AcademicTeam by achieving cumulative grade point averages of 3.89and 3.84. Mooers was later named LMU's Biology Scholar of theYear and received a Presidential Citation for academic and leadershipexcellence.

The four-day conference championship concluded a history-makingseason for the Lions. In addition to the highest finish at the PCSCs, LMU broke 17 of 19 school event records over the course of the 2004-05 season.