Waves in Second After Day One of PCSC Championship

Sydney Newman

Feb. 12, 2014

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LA MIRADA, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2014 PCSC Championships in a big way, scoring 125 points to finish the day in second place. Freshman diver Sydney Newman led the Waves, earning All-PCSC status for her performance in the 3-meter spring board.

UC San Diego sits in first place after day one with 189 points. The Waves currently are ahead of Alaska Fairbanks (120), Azusa Pacific (116), Cal State East Bay (107), Simon Fraser (105), Fresno Pacific (68), Concordia Irvine (62), Biola (57), UT-Permian Basin (48) and Soka (32).

In the championship’s opening event, the 3-meter springboard, freshman Sydney Newman (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS) picked up All-PCSC honors after placing second. The rookie scored a season-best 213.30 in the preliminary round to enter the finals in fifth place. She then upped her score to 216.15 to make the jump to the runner-up spot.

Stephanie Ertl (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) finished the 3-meter in ninth place, followed by Priyanka Shah (Fremont, Calif./Irvington HS) in 11th.

The 200 medley relay squad comprised of Emily Parks (San Antonio, Texas/Communications Arts HS), Jessica Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS),  Nicolette Barreiro (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS) and Kristine Pataray (West Jordan, Utah/Copper Hills HS) clocked a time of 1:49.84 – the fastest of any Wave relay team this season.

Mosbaugh’s 50 breaststroke split in the race counted as a new personal record, now down to 29.61. Barreiro also saved her best for the PCSC Championships, clocking a season-best 50 butterfly split of 26.99.

All three Pepperdine student-athletes scored points in the 1,000 freestyle, led by Erin Himes (West Chester, Pa./Unionville HS) with a ninth-place time of 11:00.85. Elena Witham (Buena Vista, Colo./Houston County HS) and Elizabeth Pitts (Marietta, Ga./Marist School) both placed in the top-15.

Parks and Mosbaugh pulled double duty in the relays, also racing in the 800 freestyle relay along with Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS) and Kathrine Kuhlmann (Liberty, Mo./Liberty HS). The Pepperdine quartet rallied back from last place to finish in fifth out of 10, and pick up All-PCSC honors.

The PCSC Championships continue tomorrow and run through Saturday. The Waves have placed in the top-five 10 times under head coach Nick Rodionoff. Live results can be followed here.



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