Lions Dominate PCSC Opening Events
LMU earned two team awards and 12 individual honors.
Oct. 11, 2009
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CLOVIS, Calif. - LMU swimmers demonstrated the depth of this year's squad by dominating the 2009 Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference opening events - a Relay competition held on Friday afternoon in Clovis, Calif., followed by a Pentathlon event on Saturday. After 10 hours of competition over the two days, LMU swimmers walked away with two team awards, 12 individual honors, and numerous meet records and personal-best times.
On Friday afternoon, LMU's "A" relays won eight of 10 swimming events, with LMU's "B" relay teams close behind in the second through fourth spot. Team points are scored for the top-eight teams. LMU easily outscored the other conference teams at the competition to win the high point team award with 128, followed by Concordia University in second with 86, and host Fresno Pacific in third with 77.
Senior Trinity O'Neill started the new season off for the Lions as the lead-off swimmer on the opening 3 x 100 butterfly relay. O'Neill's remarkable split of 57.57 was a personal-best time by over a second and a half, and was the second-fastest time in LMU history. Senior Mallorie Lim and sophomore Yvonne Le followed with strong sub-minute splits winning the event in a new meet record time of 2:56.52, nearly a second better than previous record held by Pepperdine. The LMU `B' team placed second making it a one-two Lion sweep to open the meet.
LMU won the next four relays: the 300 backstroke, 300 breaststroke, 800 freestyle and 500 freestyle, before being touched out in the 400 medley relay by Concordia University. The 800 freestyle relay, with the quartet of Anne Scott, Tammy Choy, Carolyn Pasque and Alicia Witter, broke the meet record, while 500 freestyle relay with Pasque, Scott, junior transfer Isabella Zhang and sophomore Jill Dahle outdistanced all opposition.
LMU rebounded from its 400 medley loss to take the 200 freestyle relay with freshman Camille Hopp and Zhang joining with veterans, Pasque and Scott, for the easy victory and another meet record. LMU's only other defeat of the relay meet came in the 1500 freestyle relay won by Grand Canyon University. LMU's "A" and "B" teams followed in second and third.
LMU finished up Friday's relay events with a victory in the 4 x 100 individual medley relay in another meet record time by Choy, Le, senior Melanie Tansuwan, and O'Neill. The final event of the day saw LMU's formidable sprint quartet of Pasque, Zhang, Witter and Scott combine for another comfortable win by a five-second margin over second-place Fresno Pacific. Pasque, Witter and Scott are all retuning members from last season's 200 and 400 freestyle relay Championship teams which established new Conference and program records. With the addition of Zhang, a junior transfer from Santa Monica College who was the California State Champion in the 100 freestyle, the Lions look to lower those records during the coming season.
LMU swimmers continued their dominance of rival PCSC teams at Saturday's Pentathlon event, which added teams from Pepperdine, Cal Baptist and UC Santa Cruz to the eight teams that competed in Friday's relays. LMU again walked away with the team title outscoring second place Pepperdine. 12 LMU swimmers won individual awards by placing in the Top-10 of one of the three Pentathlon events, each comprised of a series of five races.
Long Medley Pentathlon (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley):
Sprint Medley Pentathlon (50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 100 individual medley):
"I'm excited about what I have been seeing over the last several weeks in the water, weight room, and now in competition, and I think that this group has the potential to develop into our best team yet," Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. "It's unusual for there to be best times in the first competition of the season, but Trinity O'Neill is on fire after training hard this summer in both the pool and the weight room. Her positive energy in workouts and at this week's competition has become contagious among her teammates, resulting in much faster swims than we normally have at this opening event. I can't wait to see what they do in the next one."
LMU swimmers return to action on October 24 at the Malibu Invitational hosted by Pepperdine University.