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Lions Face Tough Competition at UCI Speedo Cup

Nov. 15, 2006

2006 UC Irvine Speedo Cup Central

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount swimming will face tough competition at this weekend's annual UC Irvine Speedo Cup. The Lions will be one 23 women's teams competiting at the three-day event (Thursday-Saturday) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

The UCI Speedo Cup scores events to 24th place, with the top-32 swimming in evening finals. "Many of our swimmers are seeded in the top-32 and hopefully will be making the finals," LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair said.

For the first time in school history, the Lions will head to the UCI Speedo Cup holding a top seed. Senior Katie Hicks is the meet's No. 1 seed in the 50 free. Even more impressive, fellow senior Lauren Mathewson is the third seed in the same event, placing two Lions in the top three of the 50 free seeds.

Mathewson is also seeded 13th in the 100 backstroke.

Hicks is also the meet's top seed in the 100 free.

Fellow senior Morgan Finley is seeded 13th in the 200 breaststroke and will look to finish in the event's top-8.

Freshman Trinity O'Neill is seeded sixth in the 200 fly.

LMU received the second seed in the 400 medley relay and the No. 3 seed in the 200 free and 200 medley relays.

"We have a good shot at winning the first relay of the meet, the 200 free relay," Adair said.

LMU is also seeded fourth in the 400 free relay.

The women's field includes Air Force, BYU, USC, Colorado State, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, San Jose State, Pepperdine, San Diego, Cal State Northridge, Alaska-Fairbanks, Occidental, Redlands, La Verne, UC Santa Cruz, Chapman, Cal Baptist, Soka, Cal Lutheran, and the host Anteaters. The nation's top DII team, UC San Diego, will also be among the women's programs participating.

The Lions finished a program-best ninth place in the overall team standings at the 2005 UCI Speedo Cup.

"The UCI Speedo Cup is a very competitive meet, and our swimmers are competitive with the rest of the teams. Last year was the first year we broke into the top-10 in the team standings, and this year, we may be able to move into the top-5 or six if we do well in the relays."