Beach Cup in the Books for the Pepperdine Women's Swimming & Diving Team
Waves honor eight student-athletes who will soon be finishing their swim and dive careers at Pepperdine.
Jan. 19, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team concluded action at the Beach Cup today at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. Senior Day was celebrated, honoring Shannon Adkins, Natalia Barragan, Sarah Burris, Brooke Fugate, Andrea Kacynski, Klaire Korver, Phyllis Reffo and Gina Vrablik.
In the first race of the day, the 200 freestyle relay, Nicolette Barreiro (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS), Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS), Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS) and Courtney VanWinkle (Victor, N.Y./Victor Senior HS) hit the wall in a collective time of 1:42-flat to place seventh overall.
The group’s teammates were right behind them, as Jessica Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), Elizabeth Pitts (Marietta, Ga./Marist School), Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) and Ally Bernard (Porterville, Calif./Monache HS/Cuesta College) posted an eighth-place time of 1:43.86.
The Waves’ third relay team, comprised of Erin Hayes (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS), Elena Witham (Buena Vista, Colo./Houston County HS), Barragan (Chowchilla, Calif./Chowchilla Union HS) and Stephanie Ertl (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) posted a time of 1:46.39. Barragan led the charge with a collegiate-best split of 25.93.
Mosbaugh earned the first top-five finish of the meet for the Pepperdine swimmers. In the 400 IM, the freshman placed fifth behind a season-fast time of 4:40.95.
VanWinkle and Barreiro chased each other to the finish line in the 100 butterfly and placed 10th and 11th, respectively. VanWinkle clocked a 1:00.62, closely followed by Barreiro’s 1:00.74.
Naasz bettered her season-best time in the 200 freestyle by six one-hundredths of a second, registering a 13th-place time of 2:00.50.
Hayes, Emma Fitzsimmons (Southport, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe HS), Fugate (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS) and Katie Giacobbe (Duluth, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian School) represented Pepperdine in the 100 breaststroke. Hayes was the first in blue and orange to complete the race (1:11.76) followed by Fitzsimmons (1:15.32), Fugate (1:19.75) and Giacobbe (1:23.39).
Burris shined in the 100 backstroke, logging a top-10 finish with a mark of 1:02.53. Andrea Kacynski (Superior, Colo./Monarch HS) lowered her season-best flat time to 1:10.77.
In the final event of the morning swim session, Burris, Mosbaugh, Barreiro and Adkins bettered the team’s top time in the 400 medley relay to a 4:05.95. The quartet finished in sixth place overall.
The 1-meter diving competition followed, and Ellyn Strampel (Castle Rock, Colo./Rock Canyon HS), who was the Waves’ top finisher in yesterday’s 3-meter, once again led her team. The freshman scored a 202.45 to take fourth. Senior Korver (Redwood City, Calif./Pinewood School) closely followed with a 187.75 – good enough for fifth place. Ertl rounded out the divers with an eighth-place finish behind a score of 120.65.
After the intermission, VanWinkle, Witham and Vrablik (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) got the Waves off and “running” in the 1,650 freestyle. VanWinkle paced Pepperdine with a time of 19:09.80, followed by Witham’s season-best performance of 20:09.36. Vrablik lowered her season-best in the event to 23:32.92.
Burris had a day in one of her signature events, the 200 backstroke, and lowered her personal-best time to a 2:14.27.
In the 100 freestyle, Naasz came up just a quarter of a second shy of improving her season-best time and settled for a mark of 55.63. Her best swim of the season in the event was at the Arena Classic with a time of 55.39.
Following Naasz was Adkins (56.10), Bernard (56.33, season best), Barragan (56.76, season best), Pitts (56.94, season best), Mae Corbin (El Paso, Texas/Loretto Academy) (1:00.69) and Cailey Stuebner (Los Altos, Calif./Mountain View HS) (1:07.08, season best).
Mosbaugh cut over two seconds off her season-best time in the 200 breaststroke, and clocked a 2:26.17 for sixth place – her second top-10 individual finish of the day. Hayes followed suit, and bettered her previous season-best time by several seconds with a new mark of 2:34.72.
The 200 butterfly race saw Barreiro place ninth with a time of 2:15.11, followed by Paige Weslaski (Racine, Wis./Case HS/St. Bonaventure) (2:25.43) and Blair Kacynski (Superior, Colo./Monarch HS) (2:29.15, season best).
The Waves continued to set season-best times in the 400 freestyle relay. Burris, VanWinkle, Naasz and Adkins completed the race in a time of 3:39.96 – the fastest relay time of 2012-13. VanWinkle posted the best split with a 25 yard time of 25.76.
Pepperdine is back in the pool next week, Saturday, Jan. 26, to host the PCSC Time Trials. It will be the final regular-season meet before the Waves culminate the season at the PCSC Conference Championship on Feb. 13-17.