Pepperdine Swimming and Diving Concludes 2010 on High Note, Posts Multiple Season and Career-Best Times
Dec. 11, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Prior to the meet, head women’s swimming coach Nick Rodionoff stated that he wasn’t necessarily looking for personal record times at the Finis Collegiate Invitational, but that he was looking for his student-athletes to achieve times that would give them a good dose of confidence heading into the holiday break.
And that’s just what he got and more.
The Pepperdine women’s swim team closed out its 2010 portion of the season on a high note, as several swimmers lowered their season and personal best times while placing high amongst some of the region’s best talent.
Sarah Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS) got the weekend started off right for the Waves, placing sixth in the 200 backstroke behind a personal-record time of 2:17.03. Stephanie Ertl (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) also finished in the top-10 after clocking a 2:25.03.
In the next event, the 100 freestyle, Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) gave Pepperdine another top-10 finish after posting a time of 57.26. Brooke Fugate (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS) lowered her career-best performance in the event to 1:03.24.
Senior standout Kayleen Hicks (Chico, Calif./Chico HS) opened her meet with a dominating first-place performance in the 200 breaststroke. Although it wasn’t a season best for the Pepperdine record holder, it was over two seconds faster than her nearest competitor.
Butterfly specialist Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) took second in the 200 distance, after stopping the clock at the 2:08.29 mark. The time sets a new personal record for the junior, who previously boasted a career best of 2:09.45.
To close out Friday evening’s action, a quartet of Waves finished second in the 400 freestyle relay. Hicks led off for Pepperdine, before Adkins and Burris each swam a leg. Krall anchored the Waves with a 54.14 spilt – the fastest 100 free swam by any Wave this season – to help Pepperdine claim second place.
The success continued on Saturday, as Krall opened the day up with a season-best 5:10.18 performance in the 500 free prelims to place seventh heading into the finals. She would go on to move up a spot in place sixth overall. She followed that up with a 200 IM race of 2:14.02 to reach the finals as the 13 seed. In the finals, she placed 10th.
Hicks posted a time of 25.04 in the 50 free prelims to place 10th. Behind her was Burris with a time of 25.86, followed by Krall who reached the finish at the 25.97 mark. Ertl and Robin-Lindsey White (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) recorded times of 27.07 and 27.48, respectively.
Pepperdine represented itself well once again in the relays, tallying two top-five finishes on Saturday. Hicks, Burris, Krall and Adkins first teamed up in the 200 freestyle to teams’ fastest time in the event to day this season. The Wave relay placed third overall out of nearly 20 different teams.
In the final event of the day, the 400 Medley relay, the same four – this time led off by Burris, placed fourth behind a time of 4:10.84.
The Finis Collegiate Invitational continues tomorrow and wraps on Monday inside the Belmont Plaza, but due to end-of-semester exams, the Waves will not participate in the final days.
Pepperdine breaks for the holidays before returning to the pool on Jan. 15, 2011 for the Cal Lutheran Invitational. After that, the host the PCSC Time Trials at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on Jan. 29 before returning to Long Beach, Calif. for the PCSC Championships.