Nov. 11, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's swimming team made an impressive mark at the LMU Pentathlon on Saturday, which included the Waves, Cal State Northridge and host LMU. Pepperdine won two of the three pentathlon events with freshman Danielle Kimmel winning the short pentathlon and senior Alison McLeod winning the long pentathlon.
Each swimmer entered one of the three competitions: the short medley, long medley, or freestyle. Each competition includes five races, with the swimmers' times being added from each of their five races. Within each competition, the swimmer with the lowest time will be declared the winner.
With a total time of 2:53.72, Kimmel's top performance came in the 100 IM taking the top spot with a time of 1:01.22. She also placed second in both the 50 free and 50 breastwith times of 24.82 and 30.59, respectively. The Chula Vista, Calif. native took two fifth places in the 50 fly (27.64) and 50 back (29.45).
Taking first place by almost ten seconds with a total time of 6:11.82, McLeod set a new meet record as she recorded four first-place finishes. McLeod took first in the 100 fly with a time of 56.25, which puts her third in Pepperdine's all-time best times and took the top spot in the 100 back with a time of 59.63. The senior also placed first in the 100 free with a time of 52.85 and the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.05. In the 100 breast, McLeod rounded out the top 10 with a time of 1:14.04.
Newcomer Amy Nightingale also had a standout meet as she took fourth overall in the long pentathlon as she placed second in the 100 fly (58.84) and third in the 100 back (1:02.11). Nightingale also took fifth in the 100 free and seventh in the 200 IM.
Sophomore Lauren Meagher was the second Wave to follow Kimmel in the short pentathlon as she placed fifth overall. Meagher led the Waves in the 50 back taking second place with a time of 29.05 and took fifth in the 100 IM with a time of 1:04.79.
Junior Loriann Mark led the Waves in the freestyle pentathlon placing fifth with an overall time of 15.27.70. The Wave's top finish was in the 500 free with a time of 5:19.10 for fourth place.
Pepperdine returns to action next weekend at the Speedo Cup, which begins Thursday, Nov. 16 and concludes on Nov. 18.