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Swimming Opens Season in San Diego

Oct. 14, 2004

Los Angeles, Calif. - After hiring the first full-time head coach in program history, adding a pentathlon to an improved home schedule, and doubling the roster size with a depth of freshman talent, the 2004 Loyola Marymount swim team has an exciting season ahead.

Director of Athletics Dr. William Husak announced the hiring of Head Coach Bonnie Adair over the summer. Adair became the first full-time women's swim coach for the program.

"We are excited to have Bonnie joining our program," said Husak. "She will bring a new level of success to this program as we continue our goal of `Building Champions' here at LMU."

Adair joined the LMU program in 2002-03 and has been involved with the Lions' swim team the last two years.

Taking over the program full-time allowed Adair to focus on recruiting for the Lions. Her efforts proved successful as she added 17 newcomers, including 14 freshmen, to the roster in August. The strong rookie class brings added depth to the LMU squad that finished eighth at the 2003-04 Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships. Adair believes that bringing in a large, youthful freshman class will help take the LMU program to the next level.

"The competition among the swimmers in our workouts now is amazing," Adair said. "It makes my job easier. All I have to do is design a challenging workout and stand back and watch them go at each other."

The Lions open their campaign in October, welcoming back several key returners from the 2003-04 season. Sophomore Lauren Mathewson returns after becoming the only Lion swimmer in program history to record a top-three finish at a conference championship event when she took second in the 100-yard backstroke with a school record time of 57.25 at the 2004 PCSC Championships.

Seniors Breanne Melconian and Bayley Diamond and sophomores Morgan Finley and Amanda Luciano also highlight the list of key returners for the Lions. Seniors Alex Tungland and Breanne Melconian were selected by teammates to serve as captain of this year's squad.

With a deep combination of returners and newcomers available, Adair previews a squad that will sport strong relay teams that she expects to set all new program records for the Lions.

"One of our key goals this year are to rewrite the record book by establishing new program records in each and every event, including the 5 relay events," Adair said. "Another goal is to achieve the team-high G.P.A. over the other 16 sports on campus."

Adair and the Lions also anxiously await the 2004-05 home season at the Burns Aquatic Center. Opening this year's home schedule is the LMU Pentathlon on November 13, followed by meets against San Diego, San Diego State, and Pepperdine in January at Burns. LMU will once again travel to annual competitions including the Pepperdine and Speedo Invitationals in October and November.

"We expect to win most, if not all, of our dual meets, which has been a challenge for us in the past with such a small team," Adair said.

The Lions open the season against San Diego and San Diego State at SDSU on Friday, October 16.