Nov. 11, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - When Loyola Marymount swimming opens its home schedule this Saturday at the Burns Aquatic Center, it will have a different feel from the typical dual and double dual meets fans have grown accustomed to. The Lions will host Pepperdine and Cal State Northridge for the first LMU Pentathlon, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Swimmers will each enter one of three competitions, with each competition featuring five events. The swimmers' scores will be added together from their five performances, and the lowest scores in each of the three competitions will be declared the pentathlon winners. The competitors from LMU, Pepperdine, and Cal State Northridge will choose between the sprint, distance, and freestyle categories.
"All three teams are evenly matched this year, so there should be some good competition while still keeping things light and fun because of the unique format," LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. "We have dual meets against each other in January which will be more intense and team-oriented. This early pentathlon format was designed to let the swimmers swim a lot of different events and even have them swim some events that they normally would not be able to do in a regular dual meet format. There will be no team scores kept, but it will be a good opportunity for all three teams to assess their respective strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the dual meets in January".
In addition to the unique meet style for this weekend, LMU fans will witness the home debut of the squad's 17 newcomers. With Adair becoming the program's first full-time coach this season, she was given the opportunity to focus on recruiting. 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 depth and strength of competition of the Lions' squad will be on display this weekend, as LMU takes to its home pool for the first competition of the 2004-05 campaign at the Burns Aquatic Center this Saturday.