The 12-athlete class comes on the heels of the Waves adding 18 athletes this year.
Pepperdine makes the grade again, and recognized by the CSCAA for its 3.20 team GPA.
Pepperdine placed fifth at the 2014 PCSC Championships.
Pepperdine honors Codie Cox, Katie Giacobbe, Blair Kacynski and Cailey Stuebner as they compete for the final time at home on Saturday.
Pepperdine competes for the first time in 2015 this weekend at Cal Lutheran.
Two-time PCSC Coach of the Year Nick Rodionoff is entering his 16th season at the helm of the Pepperdine swimming and diving program in 2015-16. Under his leadership, he has elevated the Waves to a highly competitive level over the past decade.
His affiliation with the Pepperdine program, which spans four decades, runs parallel with the success of divers and swimmers he has coached on the high school and college levels.
Since taking over as head coach prior to the 2000-01 season, Rodionoff has guided the Waves to 11 top-five finishes at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference Championships. In 2008, Pepperdine had its best-ever finish under Rodionoff and tied the best finish in school history with a second-place result. The Waves have finished in third place five times under Rodionoff, including 2002 and 2009, when he was named PCSC Coach of the Year.
Rodionoff has guided a total of five women to 10 conference titles and four to six NCAA Championship berths. In 2009, senior and PCSC Diver of the Year Amanda Pond won the 3-meter diving event and placed second in the 1-meter competition to teammate Tiffany Martz. Martz added a 3-meter title to her resume in 2010 and a second 1-meter crown in 2011. Following her championship run in 2011, she was named the PCSC Division I Diver of the Year.
In 2014, Jessica Mosbaugh claimed the Waves’ first-ever PCSC title in the 200 breaststroke after winning the event in program-record setting fashion. Mosbaugh ranked fifth amongst the entire championship field with 85 individual points, and was subsequently named the PCSC Division I Swimmer of the Year for the second-straight season. She successfully defended her 200 breaststroke title in 2015, meeting the NCAA B standard in the process.
Kristin Scribner followed in Martz’s footsteps, earning PCSC Division I Diver of the Year recognition in 2012, followed by Klaire Korver in 2013. Korver received continued acclaim in the 2012-13 edition of the College Swimming & Diving Honors magazine as the Female Walk-On Athlete of the Year. Sydney Newman took over as the PCSC Division I Diver of the Year in 2014.
Rodionoff’s teams have a long-standing academic tradition at Pepperdine and routinely are awarded CSCAA All-Academic Team status semester after semester. A member of the swimming and diving team was voted Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete of the Year in three of the final four seasons it was issued. Jessell Owens was the winner in 2011, followed by Korver and Brooke Fugate in succession.
During the 2011-12 campaign, senior diver Leslie Wade scored a 257.20 in the 1-meter at the Cal Poly Shootout to qualify for the NCAA Zone Regional. She was the first diver to qualify since Lindsay Adarme achieved the feat in 2005.
Pond was Rodionoff’s second conference Diver of the Year honoree, joining Michelle Barker who won the prestigious title in 2002. In 2008, senior Ali McLeod was named the meet’s Division I Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 100 fly and achieving an NCAA qualifying “B” time. In 2011, Kayleen Hicks earned the same recognition after scoring in seven events at the PCSC Championships and earning All-Conference status in six.
Rodionoff’s swimmers own 12 school records in 20 possible events and have recorded 76 of Pepperdine’s all-time fastest marks.
Rodionoff first came onto the Pepperdine scene in 1974 to coach the men’s diving team and in 1987 he established the women’s program, which went undefeated for five years. Prior to coming to Malibu, Rodionoff served as the diving coach to nearby UCLA from 1964-74.
At the high school level, Rodionoff was recognized as one of the top coaches across the country after serving 33 years as the head boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving coach at Birmingham High School, located in Van Nuys, Calif. Rodionoff’s prep resume boasts 31 league championships, a record of 10 Los Angeles City Section boys’ championships and four Los Angeles City girls’ championships. His teams compiled an astonishing dual meet record of 324-3 (.991).
Rodionoff coached 36 high school All-Americans before retiring in February 1997 and two years later the new pool at Birmingham High School was named in his honor.
In addition to being named to the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 1974, Rodionoff was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. He is one of only two swimming coaches to have received the honor. Rodionoff is the only coach in the United States to have coached national champions in both swimming and diving and also guided the women’s national relay team to a 200 freestyle record.
A top choice for an Olympic coach, Rodionoff was honored in 1999 as the recipient of the Fred A. Cady Memorial Coaches Award. The award is presented biannually to coaches who have dedicated 25 or more years to diving, while developing outstanding talent in the U.S. National Diving program and international competition, including the Olympic Games.
Rodionoff also taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 39 years. In addition to his teaching and coaching career, he is also an accomplished photographer, known for his images of the Malibu area.
A 1957 graduate of Occidental College, Rodionoff was a three-year standout who participated in diving, football and track and field. He captured the conference diving title in his senior year of competition.
His wife, Carrie, serves as a volunteer assistant coach.