Waves Continue to Peak at PCSC Championships
Pepperdine tallies five top-10 finishes to rank fourth after three days of competition.
Feb. 10, 2012
LA MIRADA, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team continues to clock in season and personal best performances at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference Championships. The Waves sit in fourth place with one day left of competition.
“Everyone was on fire this morning during the prelims and it was awesome to have so many swimmers on the team make it back to the finals,” said freshman swimmer Ginger Jacobsen (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial HS). “I could feel the excitement and energy of everyone cheering while I was swimming tonight, and I think that's why the team posted so many good times.”
Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) picked up All-PCSC honors in the 400 IM. Pepperdine’s lone senior swimmer finished the prelims in seventh place behind a season-best time of 4:41.80 before maintaining her seventh-place standing in the finals with a time of 4:42.04.
Jacobsen also made the finals and saved her best performance for last, clocking a 5:10.70 to finish in the top-20.
In the 100 butterfly, Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) broke the 1-minute barrier for the first time in the event, recording a personal-record time of 59.68 in the finals to place ninth overall. Kelly Corso also finished in less than 60 seconds and placed 10th with a season-best time of 59.86.
Ashlie Benson (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville HS) also handed in her best swim of the season with a time of 1:02.23.
All three Waves in the 100 butterfly clocked season-best times in the prelims before bettering their times in the finals.
All six Pepperdine entries in the 100 breaststroke logged new season-best times, including four career-best marks. Corso hit the wall at the 1:09.74 mark during the prelims to head into the finals in 16th place. Although she swam marginally slower (.03 seconds), she moved up three places to take home 13th.
Brooke Hawley (Plano, Texas/Plano West HS) set a new personal record with a 25th-place time of 1:11.71, while Natalia Barragan (Chowchilla, Calif./Chowchilla Union HS) finished just behind her with a personal-best mark of 1:12.34.
Other Waves to lower season-best times in the 100 breaststroke included Jordan Shaner (1:17.67) (Cameron Park, Calif./Ponderosa HS), Kelsey Maguire (1:24.86) (New Rochelle, N.Y./Pelham Memorial HS) and Phyllis Reffo (1:27.39) (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Grandin HS/Santa Monica College).
Pepperdine took sixth place in the 400 medley relay. Sarah Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS) led off with a personal-best 100 backstroke split of 59.40, followed by Corso with a 100 breaststroke swim of 1:10.50. Krall followed with a sub one-minute and personal-record butterfly time of 58.76, followed by Adkin’s freestyle finish of 53.19 – more than two seconds faster than any other 100 yard freestyle swim of her junior season. Overall, the Waves’ posted a collaborative time of 4:01.85.
Burris was the top Wave finisher in the 100 backstroke, lowering her career-best time to 59.80 and finishing in 10th place. Stephanie Ertl (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) and Jacobsen placed in the top-30 with times of 1:04.68 and 1:05.59, respectively.
The Waves conclude action at the 2012 PCSC Championships tomorrow at the Slash! La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center.