Arena Invitational Next for LMU
The women's swimming team will compete at the Arena Invitational this weekend.
Nov. 16, 2011
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 at approximately 10:30 or 11 a.m. Finals will start at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5:30 p.m. 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. On the women's side, competing teams include Arizona State, BYU, Cal, CSU Bakersfield, Fresno State, Hawaii, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego.
The Cal women are the reigning NCAA Division I national champions, also winning a title in 2009. Currently, California is ranked second in the country, while Stanford is seventh, Arizona State is 23rd and UCLA is 25th.
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.
The Lions last hit competitive water on Sunday, November 6 when they split a pair of dual meets against MPSF-foes, defeating San Diego, 136-126, while also falling to reigning MPSF-Champion UC Davis, 177-85.
After competing at the Arena Invitational, LMU will travel to Austin, Texas to participate in the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational from December 1-3.