Annual Trip to Arena Invitational Next for Lions
The women's swimming team will compete at the Arena Invitational this weekend.
Nov. 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
After taking a week off from competition, the LMU women's swimming team will once again hit competitive waters this week when it travels to Long Beach, Calif. for the annual Arena Invitational from Thursday through Saturday. The NCAA Championships format meet consists of preliminaries starting at 9 a.m. daily for the men, followed by the women approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's session. Finals will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 5:00 or 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The invitational serves as a prestigious event and is highlighted by many of the top swimming programs not only on the west coast, but in the nation, coming together annually to compete in Long Beach. The women's competition boasts Arizona State, BYU, California, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Hawai'i, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara. California, back-to-back national champions and winners of three out of the last four Division I national crowns, is ranked third. UCLA (15), Arizona State (16) and San Diego State (25) are also ranked on the women's side.
With such fast races and strong competition, LMU has consistently set personal records and a number of program records at the Arena Invitational in prior years. The event allows LMU to see where it stacks up against some of the best swimmers in the nation and MPSF as it prepares for the remainder of the season.
Thursday's program includes the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 400 medley relay. The 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 freestyle relay are set to take place on Friday. The 2012 Arena Invitational will conclude Saturday with the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.
Single-day tickets for the 2012 Arena Invitational are $15 for general admission and $5 for students and children. A three-day session pass can be purchased on Thursday only, for $35, with a two-day pass available on Friday only, for $25.
After competing at the Arena Invitational, LMU will head to Austin, Texas of the Winter National Championships from November 29 through December 1.