Waves Impress with Third Place Finish at Season Opener
Oct. 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team opened the 2013-14 campaign at the PCSC Pentathlon, hosted by Loyola Marymount, and got the season off to a speedy start. The Waves delivered 13 top-10 finishes, including race wins by sophomore Jessica Mosbaugh and freshman Kristine Pataray.
Overall, the Waves placed third out of eight teams, marking their highest finish at the PCSC Pentathlon since a second place result during the 2009-10 season.
Mosbaugh the Waves' top returning point scorer from last season's PCSC Championship, got her sophomore season off to a phenomenal start, earning top-five finishes in three different events today. She won the 100 breaststroke by a nearly three seconds, clocking a time of 1:06.57.
In the 200 IM, Mosbaugh placed fourth behind a mark of 2:11.66. She then broke the 1-minute barrier with a collegiate-best 100 butterfly time of 59.91.
The sophomore also achieved top-15 finishes in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle.
Mosbaugh took home fourth-place honors in the Distance IM Pentathlon competition for her efforts in the various 100-yard distance events.
Pataray (West Jordan, Utah/Copper Hills High School) made an impressive freshman debut, placing 10th or better in four of her five races.
The 50 freestyle was owned by Pataray, who beat 96 other swimmers to the wall with a time of 24.54. Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS) was the next Wave to finish, placing 10th with a time of 25.65.
Pataray missed out on her second win of the day by just three-tenths of a second, settling for runner-up in the 50 butterfly with a mark of 26.31 - already faster than any time a Pepperdine student-athlete achieved in 2012-13.
Naasz was once again just behind the freshman, completing the race in a 10th place time of 27.55.
Naasz got the better of Pataray in the 100 IM, pacing Pepperdine with a fifth-place time of 1:03.56. Pataray settled for seventh, just two-tenths of a second slower. Regardless, both times were faster than anything the Waves produces last season.
With a 50 backstroke mark of 29.79, Pataray was the eighth competitor to reach the wall making it her fourth top-10 finish of the day.
In her only non-top 10 finish, Pataray placed 11th in the 50 breaststroke. Naasz took seventh with a time of 33.57 - the fastest time the sophomore has ever achieved while racing for Pepperdine.
Pataray and Naasz placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Spring IM Pentathlon for their repeated success in the sprinting events.
Ally Bernard (Porterville, Calif./Monache HS/Cuesta College) made a mad dash in the 25 freestyle, earning fifth behind a time of 11.71.
Courtney VanWinkle (Victor, N.Y./Victor Senior HS) got the Waves' day started out on the right foot, placing 10th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:01.35.
Emily Parks (San Antonio, Texas/Communications Arts HS) barely missed out on a top-10 finish, taking 11th in the 500 freestyle.
The Waves continue the season on Oct. 25-26, when they host the Malibu Invitational at the newly renovated Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.