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Pepperdine Swimming and Diving Caps Outstanding Season with Fourth Place at PCSC Championships

Feb. 11, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team capped another successful season at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference (PCSC) Championships. After four days of competition in a field of 16 tough teams, the Waves captured fourth place with 873 points. Several school records were broken and swimmers broke into the top five all-time best times for Pepperdine on 12 occasions.

UC San Diego took the top spot with 1159 points, while Loyola Marymount and Northern Colorado rounded out the top three with 1049.5 and 994 points, respectively. North Florida was behind Pepperdine for fifth place with 815 points.

Freshman Danielle Kimmel capped her rookie season with a second-place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:22.29, which broke a school record that was set in 1995 by Kris Johnson with a time of 2:24.63. Kimmel first broke the 12-year record in the preliminaries swimming a 2:24.27 and then broke her own school record by almost two seconds.

Also placing in the 200 breast was Sara Kallman, who placed in the Top 20 with a time of 2:30.83.

In the fourth and final day on Saturday, Pepperdine's 400 free relay team of Haley Wilson, Loriann Mark, Danielle Kimmel and Alison McLeod swam a 3:32.93 for fourth place and 52 points. The time was only three one-hundredths from breaking into the Top 5 all-time best times.

Wilson also scored 26 points for the Waves with her fourth-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 52.62, which marks a personal best for the sophomore.

In the 1650 free, Kady Skora led the Waves with a 10th place finish in a time of 18:04.28, while Brianna Blanchard wasn't far behind, placing 12th with her 18:09.04. Melissa Schmidt placed in the Top 25 with a time of 18:53.23. The times for Skora and Blanchard are personal bests for the junior and freshman, respectively.

Swimming a personal best with a time of 2:10.33, Loriann Mark led the Waves in the 200 fly with an 11th place finish, while Jaime Lyon took 17th with a time of 2:12.85. Amy Nightingale placed in the Top 25 with her 2:16.59, but placed in the Top 15, taking 12th, in the 200 back with a time of 2:11.50. Lauren Meagher swam a 2:12.71 for 18th place.

PCSC Championship Notes

•The fourth place finish marks the seventh consecutive Top 5 finish under head coach Nick Rodionoff•The Waves led all 16 teams with 196 points after the first day of competition•Senior Alison McLeod won the 200 IM for Pepperdine's second all-time best times•McLeod qualified for the NCAA's for a second time in the 100 fly, breaking her own record with a time of 55.04•The 400 medley relay team of McLeod, Danielle Kimmel, Amy Nightingale and Haley Wilson broke their own record with a time of 3:51.92•Freshman Danielle Kimmel owns all five of Pepperdine's all-time best times in the 100 breast•New personal best times in the 400 IM for Jaime Lyon (4:42.69) Kady Skora (4:49.71) and Marissa McDaniel (4:50.91)•Kimmel broke the school record twice in the 200 breast, once in the pre-lims and then broke her own record in the final•Lindsay Adarme and Amanda Pond placed in the Top 10 in both diving events, while Michelle Wargo placed in the Top in the one-meter and Sarah Towers in the three-meter•The 200 medley relay team of McLeod, Kimmel, Nightingale and Wilson now hold the Top 3 times in the event for the Waves•In the course of the meet, swimmers broke into the top five all-time best times for Pepperdine women's swimming, 12 times.