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Lions at Five-Way Dual Saturday at SJSU

Dec. 2, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount swimming will return to action Saturday, taking on four other programs in a five-way dual meet hosted by San Jose State. The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Aquatics Center, and will mark the Lions' first-ever competitive trip to Northern California.

The Lions (2-1) will join UC Santa Cruz (1-2), Idaho (1-6-1), Nevada (4-1), and the host Spartans (1-3) in the five-way competition Saturday. The meet will follow the 16-event format, with two diving events included. Both LMU and Idaho do not sponsor diving, so they will sacrifice 32 points to diving participants UC Santa Cruz, Nevada, and San Jose State.

Three of the five competing teams are coming off top-10 finishes at the Speedo Cup, held November 17-19 at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif. The Lions finished a program-best ninth, while Nevada and San Jose State recorded second and fourth place marks respectively. LMU's 200 medley relay team finished third at the Speedo Cup with a time of 1:47.60, ahead of both San Jose State and Nevada.

"Nevada and San Jose State are very good teams who compete at the top of the WAC, so we will get some good experience swimming against fast swimmers this weekend," LMU Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. "Our 200 medley relay just out-touched both of them at the Speedo Cup, so we are looking forward to another exciting relay race to start the meet."

The University of Idaho just welcomed back its swimming program in 2004-05 after a 19-year hiatus. In their second year back, the Vandals are 1-6-1, falling to Pac-10 schools Cal, Washington State, Washington, and Stanford.

"Idaho is an up-and-coming Division I program, and our teams are evenly matched, so we are focusing on them," Adair said. "They do not have diving either, so we will be on an even-playing field."

Still just six competitions into the season with 10 newcomers, Adair is taking a long look at Saturday's lineup. "We are experimenting with swimming some of our athletes in different events, other than what they swam at the Speedo Cup."

The five-way dual will pit each team against each other in dual scoring.