Swim Welcomes Pepperdine, Alaska Fairbanks to Campus Wednesday
Though school may still be out for another week, the LMU swim team will return to action on Wednesday.
Jan. 7, 2014
Though school may still be out for another week, the LMU swim team will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts cross-town rival Pepperdine and Alaska Fairbanks in a double dual meet at 1:30 pm in the Burns Aquatics Center pool. The Lions are familiar with both opponents, having competed against Pepperdine at the PCSC Pentathlon and Malibu Invitational before visiting the Nanooks for two meets to start November.
The Lions have fared well against both the Waves and Nanooks, taking first place at the PCSC Pentathlon and defeating Alaska in each of the meets earlier this year. Including the pair of victories at Alaska, LMU is 2-1 in head-to-head competition this year.
Prior to sending four athletes to the US Winter National Championships, LMU last competed as a team at the Arena Invitational from November 21-23. The Lions finished the tough competition in seventh place, but received a pair of program records from freshman Hannah Calton and a victory in the 100 breaststroke from senior Rachel Dekar.
The Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team most recently won the Chris Knorr Invitational on January 4 on the campus of Cal Lutheran. The Waves swept the relays and won six additional events, while Katie Giacobbe was the female recipient of the Chris Knorr Leadership Award.
The Alaska women's swimming team started 2014 off strong on Saturday, picking up three dual meet victories with seven event wins and 20 top-five finishes in a quad-meet with Biola, Fresno Pacific and Pomona-Pitzer at the La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. The Nanooks defeated Biola 179-88, their third win over the Eagles this season. They also beat Fresno Pacific 155-119, and Pomona-Pitzer 142-137. Saturday's action was the Nanooks first of three meets over eight days during a two-week extended trip to Southern California.
After hosting the double dual on Wednesday, LMU will stay active when it travels to Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday to swim against the Roadrunners and UC San Diego at 12 pm.