LMU Looks to Claim First Conference Title

Feb. 16, 2008


LONG BEACH, Calif. - Despite remaining in fourth place after Friday's events, LMU is in perfect position to capture its first Conference Title as it enters the final day of the PCSC Championships on Saturday with 825 points.

The Lions currently sit just three points out of third place (University of Northern Colorado-828 points), eight points out of second (UC San Diego-833 points) and 32 points out of first (Pepperdine-857 points). The nearest competition below LMU is UC Santa Cruz at 557 points.

Trinity O'Neill finished fourth for the Lions in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:35.60. Senior Liz Magura placed 11th in the race with a time of 4:43.91, and Julia Hall finished 12th with a time of 4:44.53. UC Santa Cruz' Erin Hunter took the top spot in the race with a time of 4:27.98.

LMU placed well in the 100 butterfly, claiming the sixth, seventh and eighth positions in the race. Melanie Tansuwan led the Lions with a time of 58.60, followed by Mallorie Lim (58.79) and Angela Samuels (59.20). Alicia Royal followed in 13th place with a time of 1:00.34.

Junior Rebecca Plume just missed the Conference Title in the 200 freestyle event, claiming second with a time of 1:52.31. Northern Colorado's Kathleen Schmitt won the event with a time of 1:51.95. Alicia Witter (1:52.62) and Megan Sawelson (1:53.87) finished in third and fourth, respectively. Carolyn Pasque (1:56.40) and Danielle Garcia (1:56.70) rounded-out the top-10 by finishing ninth and 10th for the Lions, in that order.



Samuels once again placed well in the 100 breaststroke, turning in a time of 1:08.41 to claim seventh overall. Alyssa Geraghty finished 18th overall in 1:11.31 to claim the final LMU spot in the top-20.

Kristen Lutjen took home 12th-place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.28. Kim McKay finished just behind Lutjen at 1:01.30 to claim 13th. Alicia Royal (1:01.77) and Alex Wike (1:01.57) finished 16th and 18th, respectively.

The Lions claimed yet another top-5 finish in a relay, this time finishing fourth in the 400 medley relay. The team of Witter, Samuels, Lim and Wike turned in a time of 4:01.56 to edge UCSC at 4:01.87. UCSD took first in the race with an impressive time of 3:50.73.

The Lions currently sit in prime position to stake a claim for the Conference Title in the final day of competition on Saturday.


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