Pepperdine honored by coaches' association for excelling in the classroom.
Pepperdine places seventh at the conference championship to conclude the year.
Pepperdine concludes 2012-13 season at the conference championships, held in La Mirada, Calif.
Waves honor eight student-athletes who will soon be finishing their swim and dive careers at Pepperdine.
Pepperdine starts the season this Friday with the first of eight meets.
FRESHMAN/2012-13: Reached the finals of the 100 butterfly at the PCSC Championship and placed 19th behind a season-best time of 2:21.90 ... Clocked a 2:24.30 in the prelims ... Also reached the finals of the 100 butterfly ... Swam in a time of 1:04.56 in the finals to place 30th after posting a time of 1:04.39 in the preliminary round ... Also raced in the 200 IM and placed 57th with a time of 2:30.78 ... Clocked a personal-best 29.22 in the 50 fly at the PCSC Championship ... Other season-best times include 28.76 (50 free), 1:00.91 (100 free), 2:11.73 (200 free), 5:54.50 (500 free), 37.30 (50 back) and 2:30.32 (200 IM).
CLUB: Swam for the North Jeffco Swim Team and the Rally Sport Aquatics Club ... State champion in the 200 fly in 2008 ... Far Western Championship qualifier in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Speedo Championship series qualifier in 2010 and 2011.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Monarch High School in 2012 ... Earned All-State recognition all four seasons ... Was a four-time All-Front Range League performer ... Was up for All-American consideration in 2011 for the 200 IM relay ... High school best times include 2:00.00 (200 free), 5:19.80 (500 free) and 1:00.00 (100 fly) ... Holds Monarch High School records in the 200 IM relay, 400 free relay and 200 free relay ... Led team to runner-up finishes at the conference championship in 2010 and 2011 ... Also helped team to a fourth-place showing at the Colorado 5A State Meet in 2009 and 2010 ... National Honor Society member ... Graduated cum laude ... President of the French club.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Paul and Cindy Kacynski ... Sister of Andrea, who was also a member of the Pepperdine swim team ... Plans to major in economics ... Career goal is to become a lawyer ... Chose Pepperdine because "my sister is a student and a swimmer here, it is a Church of Christ university and has a great business school" ... Represented the Boulder Valley School District in the Denver Department of Health's "Youth Partnership for Health" ... International finalist at the 2012 Distribution Education Club of America event.
FAVORITES: Missy Franklin (pro athlete) ... Denver Broncos (pro sports team) ... The Hunger Games (book) ... Clueless (movie) ... Friends (TV show) ... Katy Perry (musical artist) ... Pineapple (food) ... Basketball (sport other than swimming) ... Lists Missy Franklin as her biggest sports hero because "I have been swimming with her for six years and I have watched her persevere and become and Olympian" ... Enjoys reading, attending church youth group and skiing.