Seniors Honored at PCSC Time Trials
Feb. 1, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team competed in its final home meet of the season today, the PCSC Time Trials. Senior Day was celebrated, honoring the collegiate careers of Ally Bernard, Mae Corbin, Stephanie Ertl, Kelsey Maguire and Priyanka Shah.
The meet served as the final competition before the Waves battle in the 2014 PCSC Championship in two weeks' time.
"Today was a dress rehearsal for the conference championship and I think we did very well with that. Everyone accomplished what they set out to accomplish," said head coach Nick Rodionoff after the meet. "Performances again were very solid. Nothing red hot, but that's not what we are looking for at this point. With two weeks to go it's just about perfect. I think they are swimming confidently. They're in a pretty good place and they're pretty relaxed, but I think they feel that they've got their best swim coming."
The day opened with diving, where freshman Sydney Newman (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS) won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter.
Both senior divers, Ertl (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) and Shah (Fremont, Calif./Irvington HS), produced career-high scores in both events. The pair finished two-three in both the 1-meter and 3-meter behind Newman.
Ertl is wrapping up a four-year career with the Waves. She came to Malibu as a swimmer, but joined the diving ranks last season.
"We've become a family," said Ertl of her team.
She had this advice for her younger teammates: "Stick with it and have fun. It's about having fun. These are probably the last years we'll be competitively swimming and diving, so just out with a bang. Be the best you can be."
Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS) delivered one of the more impressive performances of the day in the 100 breaststroke. Known more for her achievements in the freestyle and backstroke, Naasz earned the right to be considered a formidable threat in the breaststroke as well after winning the race in a time of 1:11.52 - over 10 seconds faster than her previous all-time best.
Maguire (New Rochelle, N.Y./Pelham Memorial HS) heeded Ertl's words and "went out with a bang" today, lowering her season-best times in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
"Everyone brings something to the table. Everyone is important. You always feel like you're meant to be here," reflected Maguire.
Bernard (Porterville, Calif./Monache HS/Cuesta College) posted top-five finishes in all three of her events today, including runner-up performances in both the 50 and 200 freestyle.
Kristine Pataray (West Jordan, Utah/Copper Hills HS), Jessica Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), Emma Fitzsimmons (Southport, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe HS), Nicolette Barreiro (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS), Laura Graziano (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS), Cailey Stuebner (Los Altos, Calif./Mountain View HS) and Naasz all snagged at least one first-place finish on Saturday.
The Waves culminate the season at the PCSC Championship on Feb. 12-15 in La Mirada, Calif.