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Waves Take Fourth at Conference Meet

Feb. 19, 2005

Long Beach, Calif. -

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Saturday brought about the close of the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships and the end of the swimming and diving season for the conference's 12 teams, including Pepperdine. The Waves ended Saturday in Long Beach, Calif. in fourth place, and brought their streak of top-five finishes to eight years.

Coming into Saturday in third place with six events remaining, the Waves held a slim lead over Cal State Bakersfield in fourth and Loyola Marymount behind them in fifth. Pepperdine kept Bakersfield behind them as Roadrunners took fifth in the meet, but LMU tallied 285 points on the day to overtake Pepperdine and take home a third place finish.

In the day's five individual events Pepperdine claimed three top-five finishes. Kady Skora led off the day earning 26 points with her fourth place in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:53.54. Chelsea Zink swam a 2:11.12 in the finals of the 200 backstroke to claim fifth. The day's most impressive mark came in the 100 freestyle. Ketrina Lemmen led the foursome of Pepperdine swimmers in the finals with a fourth place finish. Her 52.39 also puts her fourth all-time in school history in the event.

Other highlights include Lauryn Velarde's 13th place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:30.52) and Michelle Sutherland's sixth place in the 200 butterfly (2:13.30).

The highest scoring event for the Waves was the 400 freestyle relay. Pepperdine's team of Lemmen, Nicole Okuna, Skora and Sutherland proved to be the sixth fastest team in the conference. Their 3:37.22 mark gave the Waves 48 points in the meet's final event keeping the team ahead of Bakersfield and securing a fourth place finish for the second year in a row.