Feb. 16, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - The 2004-05 women's swimming and diving season comes to a head at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif. this weekend. For the Waves, the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships will once again be the culminating event of their season.
The four day event kicks off Wednesday and continues through the weekend, wrapping up Saturday. The anticipated storm will have no effect inside the plaza's indoor pool.
Head coach Nick Rodionoff's Waves posted a 1-3 record in the four dual meets on their 2005 schedule. Pepperdine lost narrowly to Cal State Northridge and crushed Cal Poly, before losing to Loyola Marymount and San Diego State in a double dual meet in late January.
The names Rodionoff mentioned at the start of this promising season did not disappoint and he looks for his team to make a strong statement at the championships, just as they have continually done. Freshmen Michelle Sutherland and Kady Skora have consistently backed up Rodionoff's claim that his 2004 recruiting class was Pepperdine's strongest, while Erin Kephart added several top-five finishes in dual meets to make the sensational duo a trio. Upperclassmen Ketrina Lemmen and Megan Kelly have proven to be strong forces in both sprint and distance events, each racking up top times in invitationals and dual meets.
Putting its streak of eight top-five PCSC finishes on the line, Pepperdine will also look for its usual point boost from its divers. Lindsay Stephens was the conference runner-up in 2004, while Gina Warren was a conference finalist. Still just a sophomre, Stephens will look to improve on last year's second place finishes in both the three meter and one meter dives and prove she's the PCSC's best.
The 1-3 dual meet record is not a just indicator of the talent and depth of this squad. Rodionoff and his Waves will be out to prove that over the next four days in Long Beach.