Nov. 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - Following a strong performance at the Big West Shootout two weekends ago, LMU will head to the UC Irvine/Nike Cup this Thursday through Saturday to face tough competition in the final meet of the fall season.
The UC Irvine men's and women's swimming & diving teams will host the three-day event at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach. Competition begins at 9:00 a.m. each day with finals starting at 6:00 p.m. for both men and women. The Nike Cup will feature 23 women's teams and 17 men's teams. The women's field includes No. 14 UCLA, UC Irvine, Brigham Young, Air Force, Rice, New Mexico, Pacific, No. 1 DII UC San Diego and No. 9 DIII UC Santa Cruz. The men's field includes No. 3 Stanford, Brigham Young, UC Irvine, Air Force, Pacific, UC Davis, Cal State Northridge, No. 3 DII UC San Diego and No. 8 DIII UC Santa Cruz. The meet will be scored to 24 places in each event. As a side note, this is the first year the meet will be known as the Nike Cup after being the Speedo Cup since 1992.
The Lions won dual meets against USD and CSUN at the Big West Shootout two weekends ago on the strength of their relays, winning both the opening 400 Medley Relay in 4:05.59 and the 400 Freestyle Relay at the end in 3:41.54. LMU continued its dominance in the sprint Freestyle events, with senior Alex Wike capturing both the 50 and 100 yard races with Aja Kusao and Carolyn Pasque making it an LMU sweep in the 50, and Pasque also capturing third in the 100 for a 1-3 finish.
In the longer Freestyle events, Witter and Rebecca Plume battled to a second and third place finish in the 200 Freestyle while sophomore Trinity O'Neill placed third in the 1,000 Freestyle. O'Neill later returned to capture another third place finish in the 200 Butterfly. Other Lions scoring points in the duals were senior Angela Samuels, who placed second in the 200 Individual Medley, and Melanie Tansuwan, who placed third in the 200 Breaststroke.
Taking a break from action, LMU will return to the water on January 5 when it hosts UC San Diego in a 12 p.m. meet.