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McLeod Qualifies for NCAA as Waves Place Eighth at Speedo Cup

Nov. 19, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's swimming team concluded a successful meet at the Speedo Cup, placing eighth out of 22 teams after the third day of competition came to a close on Saturday in Long Beach. Not only is the eight placing the best finish for Pepperdine, but Alison McLeod qualified for the NCAA's in the 100 fly. The Waves also broke six school records over the three-day meet.

McLeod swam an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.26 in the 100 fly as she became the first swimmer for Pepperdine to become an NCAA qualifier. Her time in the 100 fly was also a school record as well her 26.20 in the 50 back and her time of 2:06.52 in the 200 IM. The senior now owns Pepperdine's top-three times in both the 100 fly and the 100 back.

Freshman Danielle Kimmel also had a standout meet as she broke the record in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.31.

McLeod and Kimmel were also part of the 200 and 400 medley relays, which also included Amy Nightingale and Haley Wilson, which broke school records with times of 1:46.68 and 3:53.63, respectively.

In Saturday's events, Kady Skora led the Waves in the 1650 free with a time of 18.24.66 as she placed 22nd, while the 400 free relay of Haley Wilson, Loriann Mark, Kimmel and McLeod placed ninth with a time of 3:35.88.

Mark swam personal bests in the 500 free (5:09.83), 100 fly (59.07), and the 200 free (1:55.26), while Nightingale had a personal best in the 100 fly (58.72). Freshmen Marissa McDaniel and Brianna Blanchard had personal bests in the 400 IM (5:01.17) and 500 free (5:14.76), respectively. Sophomore Jessica Brakulis swam a personal best in the 100 breast (1:13.70), while Jaime Lyon notched a personal best in the 200 IM (2:22.74).

The Waves return to action January 6-7 when they compete at the UC Irvine Invitational.

Speedo Cup Results

Brigham Young University 1088University of California, San Diego 749University of Southern California 636University of California, Irvine 635.5San Jose State 547Colorado State University 541Loyola Marymount University494.5Pepperdine University 383California State University, Northridg359University of New Mexico 349U.S. Air Force Academy 345University of San Diego 340Cal Baptist 294University of California, Santa Cruz 263University of Alaska, Fairbanks 186Cal Lutheran 116Northern Arizona University96Chapman University 74University Of The Pacific 67University of Redlands 59University of LaVerne 14Occidental 14