Feb. 19, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. -
Day three of the Pacific Coast Swimming Championships in Long Beach, Calif. saw the Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team hold its ground in the standings on Friday. Pepperdine remains in third place ahead of seven teams with one day of competition remaining.
In addition to a solid team performance, some individuals made a little history themselves writing their names in the Pepperdine record books on Friday. Two top-five times in school history were rewritten, one by an individual and one by four individuals.
In the finals of the 100 backstroke Ketrina Lemmen swam a 58:09 race, which was good enough for second place in the race and second place in school history. Lemmen, who already holds the school record in the 50 backstroke, was just .18 seconds away from matching Cathy Carone's school mark, set in 1996.
Lemmen also led off the first leg of the 400 medley relay. With teammates Erin Kephart, Nicole Okuna and Megan Kelly, the Waves earned 52 team points with their fourth place finish. The 3:59.63 mark puts them third all-time for Pepperdine teams in the event. The record still stands at 3:56.07, which was set in 2003 by Lemmen, Stephanie Hammond, Okuna and Kelly.
In the first event of the day Jaime Lyon took on the 400 IM for the first time in her career. Her inexperience could not have been disguised any better as the freshman qualified tenth with a time of 4:47.07 in the prelims. Things went from good to better as Lyon shaved three seconds off her time to post a 4:43.96 time and take ninth for the Waves in the event.
In the 100 butterfly school record-holder Okuna claimed fourth place (57.64) and was backed by Michelle Sutherland (59.57) and Heather Brehmer (1:01.29) in seventh and 23rd, respectively. All three posted season best times to give Pepperdine 51 points for the event.
The highest output on day three for the Waves, to no one's surprise, came from the diving team. In one meter dives, four Waves placed in the top-ten highlighted by Lindsay Stephens' second place finish. Stephens collected 354.30 to pace Pepperdine, and was backed up by Emily Andrews' 321.65 points which earned her a sixth place end. Also contributing to Pepperdine's 106 diving points were Devyn Schumacher (seventh) and Gina Warren (ninth).
In third place with 691 points, the Waves remain behind Cal Baptist in second place and ahead of Cal State Bakersfield in fourth. UC San Diego looks to be in position to repeat as champions with their sizable first place cushion. The meet concludes on Saturday with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 free relay events.