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Waves Survive UCI Shootout With Fifth-Place Finish


IRVINE, Calif. – Eight personal best times recorded by six individuals through four different events helped the Pepperdine swimming and diving team muster a fifth-place showing at this weekend’s Anteater Shootout hosted by UC Irvine. 

The shootout’s two-day format included 12 schools competing against each other in a series of dual meets spread across two pools. Pepperdine beat three of five opponents Friday night to remain in the top pool, but lost to the likes of nationally recognized programs from Stanford, BYU and UNLV Saturday afternoon. 

The losses hardly fazed the Waves swimmers, divers and coaches, and they look forward to meeting many of these same teams again in two weeks at the Nike Cup.


“This was a very good meet for Pepperdine, because prior to this weekend we had never been in the top pool on both days,” head coach Nick Rodionoff said. “We started in pool No. 2 last year and moved up, but this year, against some of the toughest competition we’ll see all season, we had some very good individual swims to remain among the elite.”


Freshman Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) highlighted Friday’s performances with a pair of personal records in the 200 and 1650 freestyle races. Krall’s 200 time was clocked at 1:57.24 and her mile time of 17:42.86 not only placed her fourth overall, but ranks as the fourth fastest in Pepperdine history.


Tanya Thomforde also clocked a p.r. in the 200 free at 2:01.08.


Senior Michelle Fadley (Malibu, Calif./Northwood HS), grad student Adria Stoliar (Malibu, Calif./Calabasas HS) and freshman Martha Murphy (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain HS) all recorded lifetime bests in the 200 butterfly with respective times of 2:11.68, 2:13.69 and 2:30.01. Fadley’s mark was good for seventh place.


Medal-stand showings from Friday included freshman Rachel Cote (Honolulu, Hawai’i/Punahou School) taking third in the 100 backstroke at 58.03 and junior Dani Kimmel (Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake HS) earning the bronze in the 100 breast at 1:06.16.


The versatile Kimmel also just finished outside the top three with fourth-place finishes in the 50 free (24.84) and the 200 breaststroke (2:25.89).


Kimmel and Cote continued to shine Saturday as individuals and as the front half of a 400 medley relay that placed fourth overall in 3:53.84 – the third fastest mark in Pepperdine history. Cote led off the relay with a 100-yard back split of 58.68 and Kimmel followed with a breaststroke split of 1:04.32.


Sophomore Francesca Cyphers (Lake Oswego, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) completed the butterfly portion in 57.92, and senior Haley Wilson (Carpinteria, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) posted a freestyle time of 52.92.


Individually, Kimmel recorded the second fastest 200 breaststroke time in Pepperdine history at 2:22.79, and Cote, with a personal record of 2:07.57 in the 200 backstroke registered the program’s fifth best all-time mark. Cote’s time tied her for seventh overall with Victoria Tan of the Rainbow Wahine.


From the diving well, sophomore Tiffany Martz (Folsom, Calif./Folsom HS) was the Waves’ top scoring diver on both days. Friday, Martz placed sixth on 1-meter with 187.7 points and duplicated that showing on 3-meter with 189.45 points.


Martz posted higher scores Saturday with an eighth-place 1-meter total of 207.85 points and a 3-meter score of 189.60 points.


Day 1 Scores

Pepperdine 86, Idaho 54

Pepperdine 83, Cal Poly 55

Pepperdine 77, UCI 63


Hawai’i 99, Pepperdine 41

#3 Stanford 117, Pepperdine 22


Day 2 Scores

UC Davis 65, Pepperdine 48

UNLV 75, Pepperdine 38

BYU 93, Pepperdine 20

#3 Stanford 94, Pepperdine 18

Hawai’i 69, Pepperdine 44



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