Nov. 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Coming off a program-best performance at the competitive UC Irvine Speedo Cup two weeks ago, Loyola Marymount swimming will next head to the two-day Cal Poly Invitational this Friday and Saturday. There, the Lions will face San Diego, Cal State Northridge, Nevada, and the host Mustangs.
The meet will be held at Sinsheimer Park at the San Luis Obispo Swim Center. As always, LMU will not compete in the diving events and will look to make up the diving points with strong swimming performances. For the other teams who will participate in diving, the events will be conducted separately at Cal Poly.Friday is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start and Saturday's competition will begin at 9:00 a.m."This weekend's meet is like a `mini-Speedo Cup' for us, in that all five programs are good teams with fast swimmers so it will be very competitive," LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair said.
The Lions will face tough competition this weekend, especially from Nevada, who finished second in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2006.
"Nevada is the strongest of the five teams at the meet and is one of the top, if not the top, team in its conference," Adair said. "We will give them some competition, but they are stronger in the distance events. Our relays should again be among the best in the meet and will help us make up the points we lose by not having diving."
Nevada has not faced competition in nearly a month since going 5-0 at the Phill Hansel Duals in Houston November 3-4. Nevada brings its 6-0 overall dual mark into this weekend's competition.
The Lions have already previewed Cal Poly, San Diego, and Cal State Northridge, facing them all in different early-season meets leading up to this weekend. LMU topped both San Diego and Cal State Northridge at the UC Irvine Speedo Cup two weeks ago.
"It will be difficult for our swimmers to get back 'up' for another two days of tough competition following the long, three day Speedo Cup, especially at this time of year with finals and term papers all right around the corner," Adair said. "This weekend will be a good test of both our mental and physical toughness. We started back with hard workouts right after the Speedo meet, so our swimmers will not be as rested for this meet as Nevada and Cal Poly, who did not participate at the Speedo Cup."
The Lions are also looking forward to their first overnight trip out of the Los Angeles area. "It should be a good team bonding experience," Adair said. "The new freshmen are a great group of student-athletes and are fitting in well with the returning swimmers. This team is really a lot of fun and has great potential," Adair said.