Strampel, VanWinkle Winners During Day One of Malibu Invitational

Ellyn Strampel

Oct. 26, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. – The Malibu Invitational opened today at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial pool with the diving and distance events. Ellyn Strampel took first place in the diving, while Courtney VanWinkle led the swimmers with a first-place showing in the 500 freestyle.

After the first round of diving, Korver (Redwood City, Calif./Pinewood School) and Strampel (Castle Rock, Colo./Rock Canyon HS) were one-two with 1-meter scores of 208.75 and 207.65, respectively.

With three 7.0s in the final round, Strampel surged ahead and placed first with a two-round overall score of 412.50. Korver settled for second place after charting a 408.50.

Swimmer-turned-diver Stephanie Ertl (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) took fourth with a score of 303.65.

She would later go on to race in the 500 freestyle with a 13th place time of 5:42.99.

Elena Witham (Buena Vista, Colo./Houston County) and Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) kicked off the swim events with the 1650 freestyle, otherwise known as the “Malibu Mile.” Adkins was the first Wave to hit the wall with a fourth-place time of 18:32.24. Witham clocked a 20:16.90 to take seventh.

VanWinkle (Victor, N.Y./Victor Senior HS) won the 500 freestyle, coming in at 5:18.02 – just under one second faster than the second-place finisher. Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS) and Paige Weslaski (Racine, Wis./Case HS/St. Bonaventure) clocked times of 5:27.50 and 5:34.11 to finish in the top-10.

Weslaski’s time was just over 20 seconds faster than her best 500 freestyle performance from 2011-12.

Kelsey Maguire (New Rochelle, N.Y./Pelham Memorial HS) lowered her personal-record time in the 500 free by nearly 15 seconds, handing in a performance of 6:26.52 this afternoon.

In the 400 IM, Jessie Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) finished fourth with a 4:41.18 performance to mark the fastest time of any Pepperdine swimmer in the event since the 2009-10 campaign.

Erin Hayes (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS) and Emma Fitzsimmons (Southport, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe HS) came in just over the five-minute mark.

The Malibu Invitational continues tomorrow, with middle distance events beginning at 10 a.m. followed by the sprints around 1 p.m. Admission to the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool is free, and the meet can also be watch live on WaveCasts.



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