Mosbaugh Sets 200 IM Record at PCSC Championship
Feb. 13, 2014
LA MIRADA, Calif. – The Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championship continues to bring the best out of the Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team, with nearly two dozen new season or personal best times set today. Day two was highlighted by sophomore Jessica Mosbaugh, who broke the 200 IM record to pick up All-PCSC honors.
Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) was spectacular on the second day of competition, and opened up her morning session with a season-best performance in the preliminaries of the 200 IM. Even more impressive in the finals, the sophomore clocked a 2:06.29 to place fifth overall, earn All-PCSC honors and set a new Pepperdine record in the event.
The previous record was set by Allison McLeod in 2007 with a mark of 2:06.52.
In addition to the 200 IM, Mosbaugh is also the reigning record holder in the 200 breaststroke.
Not to be outdone, Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS) and Kathrine Kuhlmann (Liberty, Mo./Liberty HS) reached the finals and set new career-best times with their top-20 performances. Naasz placed 16th after stopping the clock at the 2:11.34 mark, while Kuhlmann lowered her PR twice – first in the prelims and again the finals – and placed 19th with a swim of 2:12.72.
Laura Graziano (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) paced the Waves in the 500 freestyle, placing 15th in the prelims with a personal record time of 5:21.95. The freshman shaved more than six seconds off in the finals, jumping into 12th place behind a time of 5:15.11.
Also scoring points for Pepperdine in the 500 freestyle was Erin Himes (West Chester, Pa./Unionville HS), who opened the event with a preliminary time of 5:24.32 before lowering her time further in the finals to 5:22.71 for 22nd place overall.
Although she did not reach the finals, Cailey Stuebner (Los Altos, Calif./Mountain View HS) swam the 500 freestyle in a personal record time of 6:09.98.
Three swimmers reached the finals of the 50 free, including Kristine Pataray (West Jordan, Utah/Copper Hills HS), Ally Bernard (Porterville, Calif./Monache HS/Cuesta College) and Nicolette Barreiro (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS).
Pataray was the first to the wall, finishing the race in 17th place with a season-best mark of 24.50. Bernard posted a collegiate-best time of 25.14 before swimming a blink of the eye slower in the finals at 25.16. The senior took 22nd. Barreiro earned 26th place with a season-best time of 25.01.
Mae Corbin (El Paso, Texas/Loretto Academy), Stephanie Ertl (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS), Elizabeth Pitts (Marietta, Ga./Marist School) and Kelsey Maguire (New Rochelle, N.Y./Pelham Memorial HS) all lowered their season-best times in the 50 freestyle as well.
The afternoon closed with the 200 freestyle relay, where Barreiro, Naasz, Bernard and Pataray teamed up to place seventh and earn all-conference status. The group posted a season-best time of 1:38.92. Barreiro led off with a season-best time of 25.18, while the remaining three all lowered their season-best split times.
The Waves currently sit in fourth place with 329 points, behind UC San Diego, Cal State East Bay and Alaska Fairbanks. There are still two more days of competition left as the PCSC Championships continue tomorrow and wrap on Saturday. Updates will be posted throughout the meet on Twitter @PeppSwimandDive.