PCSC Championships on Horizon for Waves
Feb. 11, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – All season long, the Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team has been hard at work preparing for the year’s culminating event: the 2014 Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championships. The championships return to the Splash! Regional Aquatic Center in La Mirada, Calif. and will run Feb. 12-15.
Nine different student-athletes earned All-PCSC acclaim for their efforts last year, including returners Nicolette Barreiro (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS), Ally Bernard (Porterville, Calif./Monache HS/Cuesta College), Jessica Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) and Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS).
All-conference status is granted to the top-eight finishers in each event.
Mosbaugh enters as one of the favorites in the breaststroke events, while Naasz should fare well in freestyle.
In addition to the high expectations Pepperdine has for its veteran members, a strong crop of freshmen are expected to score valuable points for the Waves. Kristine Pataray (West Jordan, Utah/Copper Hills HS) ranks amongst the leagues’ best in the freestyle sprint events, while Emily Parks (San Antonio, Texas/Communications Arts HS), Erin Himes (West Chester, Pa./Unionville HS) and Kelly Presper (Irmo, S.C./Hammond School) have all achieved some of the fastest times of anyone in the conference in various events.
Pepperdine divers have always performed well at the PCSC Championship and, despite their youth, this season is no exception. Freshman Sydney Newman (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS) is expected to lead the Waves in the 1-meter and 3-meter.
The Waves have finished in the top-five at the PCSC Championships 10 times under head coach Nick Rodionoff, including a program-best runner-up showing in 2008.
Pepperdine has earned 26 individual conference titles since 1998. Tiffany Martz was the last Wave to secure a league crown, winning the 1-meter diving competition in 2011.