Wilson Leads Waves With Four Wins Over CSUN
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine senior Haley Wilson (Carpinteria, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) won four events, and her teammates combined to win nine others, as the Waves doused Cal State Northridge, 207-57, Saturday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.
Wilson led off the meet by swimming anchor for the victorious 200 medley relay, which finished its course in 1:48.50. Freshman Rachel Cote (Honolulu, Hawai'i/Punahou School), junior Dani Kimmel (Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake HS) and sophomore Francesca Cyphers (Lake Oswego, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) were also part of this winning effort.
From there, Wilson capsized the competition in the 200 freestyle, posting a season best time of 1:55.83, and then later reached the wall first in the 100 free (53.59) and 200 individual medley (2:10.99).
Wilson's performances played a large part in Pepperdine's overall domination of the Matadors. The Waves not only won 13 of 14 events, but swept the top three places on six occasions, three times swept the top two spots, and finished one through four in the 50 free, led by sophomore Jenna Sheeley's (Honolulu, Hawai'i/Punahou School) mark of 25.61.
Elsewhere in the freestyle, it was the tandem of freshman Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) and junior Brianna Blanchard (Agoura, Calif./La Reina HS) finishing one-two, respectively, in the 500 and 1000. Krall's winning times were clocked at 5:13.27 and 10:41.15.
In the stroke events, Cote swept the backstroke events with marks of 58.22 and 2:12.01, while her 200 medley relay leadoff split was a 27.05. Sophomore Kayleen Hicks (Chico, Calif./Chico HS) accomplished the same in the breaststroke races, taking the 100 title in 1:06.05 and the 200 in 2:24.93. Cyphers won the 100 butterfly with a season best of 58.48, and the team of junior Ali Chester (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly HS) , sophomore Kelly Donovan (Bethany, Conn./Hopkins School), Krall and sophomore Tanya Thomforde (Northfield, Minn./Northfield HS) finished the meet with a victorious time of 3:42.35 in the 400 free relay.
"It's always difficult after Christmas break to get back, mentally and physically, into training, but this meet put us back on track," head coach Nick Rodionoff said. "We competed very well, and with a month to go, everything is looking pretty positive."
Pepperdine swimmers and divers return to action in two weeks on Saturday, Jan. 31 as they play host to the PCSC Time Trials. The start time for this event is still to be announced.