Feb. 11, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine swimming and diving team had one of the most successful days at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference (PCSC) Championships in its third day of competition at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif. The Waves, in second place with 367 points after day two, captured nine Top 10 finishes to keep the Waves in the running for the conference title.
Alison McLeod was unstoppable on Friday as she broke two school records, including a record she set in the qualifying race earlier that day. McLeod led the Waves with a first place finish in the 100 fly in a time of 56.06, which broke senior Nicole Okuna's school record of 56.42 set back in 2003. Okuna placed third in the 100 fly in a time of 57.26. Senior Heather Brehmer also scored in the event with a 16th place finish.
McLeod also broke a school record in the 100 back swimming a 56.98 in the qualifying race, which breaks a 1996 record set by Cathy Carone with a time of 57.91. McLeod then placed second swimming a 56.24 breaking her own school record set just hours earlier. The junior missed qualifying for the NCAA's by 8/10's of a second. Lauren Meagher and Katie Hakim both had Top 20 finishes in the event.
In the 200 free, senior Ketrina Lemmen placed fourth with a time of 1:54.00, while freshman Haley Wilson was not far behind placing sixth in a time of 1:55.57. Loriann Mark captured a 20th place finish (1:57.46).
The 400 medley relay of McLeod, Lauren Velarde, Okuna and Wilson took a third place finish swimming a 3:56.46, which puts them at the third fastest all-time best times.
Diving once again proved to be one of Pepperdine's strongest events as all six divers placed in the one-meter finals. Senior Lindsay Stephens led for the Waves with a fourth place finish, while newcomers Shannon Pirozzi captured sixth place and Amanda Pond took 10th place. Senior Gina Warren placed 11th, freshman Michelle Wargo placed 13th and rounding out the Top 20 for the Waves was Devyn Schumacher who placed 17th.
The PCSC Championships will conclude on Saturday with the events including: 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, three-meter diving and the 400 free relay. Complete results can be found at http://lmulions.collegesports.com/sports/w-swim/spec-rel/06-pcsc-central.html.