Oct. 27, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming will spend Saturday across town, participating in the annual Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine. Returners Katie Hicks, Liz Magura, and Kim McKay will all look to repeat as high point winners for the Lions.
The invitational features three competitions and names a high point winner in the sprint and distance competitions for each participating school. It boasts a fun environment that allows the Lions, especially the newcomers, a chance to get some added race experience. The competition will feature 50 sprints in all four strokes, with all but the 50 free not being considered official NCAA events. Head Coach Bonnie Adair will also use the meet to preview future dual opponents, including the host Waves.
The meet names high point winners for each squad, rather than scoring the teams against each other. Hicks and Magura were LMU's high point swimmers at the 2004 Malibu Invitational, with Hicks claiming the sprinters' honor and Magura winning the distance competition. Hicks repeated in 2005, while McKay took the distance crown. Though final results are not counted by team, LMU did win all four relay events in 2004. In 2005, LMU dominated the sprint races, winning six of the eight events. The Lions also won two distance and two relay events, making LMU the winner of 10 of the competition's 16 events.
"As in the past, this year's Malibu Invitational will have our swimmers in many different events to just get off the blocks a few times to get the season going," Adair said. "We are training hard through the meet, but it will be a good benchmark to see where we are before we get to future competitions in mid-November and early December."
Saturday's meet is scheduled for a 10:00 a.m. start.-GO LIONS-