Jan. 13, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine women's swimming and diving will open their 2005 dual meet schedule at home on Friday against Cal State Northridge. The meet begins at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool at 2:00 p.m., not noon as was originally published online.
The Waves, who return 18 from their 2003-04 lineup, look to improve on last year's 3-3 dual meet record. Head coach Nick Rodionoff likes his solid mix of returners coupled with a strong recruiting class.
Junior Ketrina Lemmen was a conference finalist in 2004 and holds the school record in the 50 backstroke (27.02). Quickly making names for themselves on campus are freshmen Michelle Sutherland and Kady Skora. Sutherland claimed the overall high point mark for the Waves at the Malibu Invite in October, sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 butterfly races. Skora took a third and a fifth place finish in distance events at November's "Big West Shootout." Skora followed up those wins taking first in two of the five events to place third in the Freestyle Pentathalon at Loyola Marymount in November.
Rodionoff, who enters his fourth year at the head of the program will see CSUN, Cal Poly, LMU and San Diego State on his 2005 dual meet schedule. The finale, however will come once again at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships, February 17-19 in Long Beach. The Waves finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Championships in 2004, their eighth top-five finish in a row.
Pepperdine is 13-14 all-time against Cal State Northridge, with the Matadors edging out a win last year, 158-140.