Pepperdine Sets Quick Pace at Malibu Invitational
Oct. 27, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - After recording six top-five finishes in four events yesterday, the Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team continued to compete at a high level on day two of the Malibu Invitational. The Waves earned seven more top-five finishes in the sprint and middle distance events, highlighted by Courtney VanWinkle's win in the 100 butterfly.
"I am very pleased with our performance today and felt it was a very strong meet for us," said head coach Nick Rodionoff. "The girls are so much further along than what we thought they would be at this point in the season."
In addition to the 13 total top-five finishes, the Waves accounted for 30 top-10 finishes during the two-day meet that featured swimmers from Azusa Pacific, Biola, Cal Lutheran, Loyola-Marymount and Pomona-Pitzer.
In the first event of the day, the 200 butterfly, Jessie Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) placed third behind a season-best time of 2:12.77 - a mark that would have been good enough for a top-eight finish at the PCSC Championships last spring.
Nicolette Barreiro (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS) followed in seventh place after clocking a 2:14.64.
Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) finished sixth in the 200 backstroke, followed by Courtney VanWinkle (Victory, N.Y./Victory Senior HS) who touched the wall in 10th place. The pair was credited with times of 2:15.06 and 2:17.38, respectively.
Mosbaugh earned her second top-five finish of the day after placing fourth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.47.
In the final middle distance event of the early session, the 200 freestyle, Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS) posted a time of 2:00.56 to place ninth out of the 64 participants. Barreiro followed closely behind in 11th place after registering a time of 2:01.23.
Barreiro opened the afternoon sprints session with a third-place showing in the 50 butterfly. The freshman swam the fastest time of any Wave this season after stopping the clock at the 27.27 mark. Sarah Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS) lowered her career-best time to a 27.99 to place seventh.
Ally Bernard (Porterville, Calif./Monache HS/Cuesta College) and Adkins also turned in top-20 races in the event.
The top-10 times continued to pour in for Pepperdine, with Burris taking sixth in 50 back, followed by Barreiro eighth.
In the 50 breaststroke, Erin Hayes (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS) was the first swimmer in blue and orange to complete the race, and placed 10th with a time of 33.64.
VanWinkle won her second race of the meet, after finishing the 100 butterfly first out of 20 swimmers. The Waves' freshman claimed first in photo-finish style, clocking a 59.58 to edge the second-place contestant by less than a tenth of a second.
Barreiro was in the hunt as well, settling for third behind a time of 59.75.
VanWinkle's first win of the meet came on Friday when she won the 500 freestyle.
Mosbaugh once again place in the top-five after posting a 1:08.66 in the 100 breaststroke.
In the most populated sprint race of the afternoon, the 100 freestyle, Barreiro placed ninth out of 61 swimmers with a time of 55.45.
Also placing in the top-20 were Naasz (12th, 55.88), Bernard (15th, 56.57) and Elizabeth Pitts (Marietta, Ga./Marist School) (17th, 56.96).
In her final individual race of the day, Mosbaugh touched the wall in sixth place after delivering a 200 IM time of 2:17.41.
The Waves' top relay squad placed second in the 300 freestyle relay with a time of 2:31.41 - just over a second behind the first-place team from LMU.
Pepperdine's next meet is scheduled for Nov. 9-10, when the team travels north to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly Mustang Invitational.