Waves Finish Second at Cal Poly Shootout, Wade Qualifies for NCAA Zone Regional
Leslie Wade becomes fourth Wave diver to qualify for NCAA postseason competition.
Nov. 13, 2011
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cold weather and relentless rain did not seem to hinder the Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team at the Cal Poly Shootout this weekend. On the contrary, senior diver Leslie Wade wrote her name into Waves history after placing first in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 257.20. With the personal-best score, Wade has punched her ticket to the NCAA Zone Regional Meet next March – the prelude to the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Wade (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) joins an elite list of Waves who have qualified for the NCAA Championship. Other former divers to have advanced to NCAA postseason competition include Bridget Kenehan (1986, 1989), Deanna Fenno (1992) and Lindsay Stephens Adarme (2007, 2008).
“The team did incredibly well in very difficult circumstances,” said head coach Nick Rodionoff of the Waves’ performance in the less than favorable conditions. “And we couldn’t be prouder of Elle. Her hard work and determination has gotten her to this point, and I know she’s going to do even greater things for us the rest of the season.”
Wade, who’s first-place showing earned the team 20 points in the standings, added 16 more after placing third in the 2-meter. Kristin Scribner (Bonney Lake, Wash./Bonney Lake HS) took second place in the 3-meter and sixth in the 1-meter to score a total of 30 points.
Klaire Kover (Redwood City, Calif./Pinewood School) and Amber Seba (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus HS) collectively totaled 33 points for the Waves in the diving competition.
All four divers had a successful second day of competition as well, as all placed in the top-10 in both diving events. Scribner took second place in the 3-meter, while Wade finished in third in the 1-meter to highlight day two.
Not to be outdone, the swimmers had a strong showing as well. Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had five top-10 showings, including two fifth-place finishes. Adkins was the fifth swimmer to the wall in the 200 backstroke (2:19.04) and the 500 freestyle (5:22.18), while placing seventh in the 200 freestyle behind a time of 2:01.48. On day two, she finished sixth in the 200 freestyle after lowering her season-best time to 1:58.93 and seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:22.28).
Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) lowered her season-best times in nearly every event she entered and scored a team-high 58 points in two days. She took fifth in the 200 fly (2:17.41), sixth in the 1,650 free (18:45.01), seventh in the 400 IM (4:49.94) and helped the 200 medley relay squad to a third-place showing (1:56.78).
On day two, Krall placed third in the 1,000 freestyle with a blazing time of 11:04.90 and swam a 2:21.01 200 IM which placed the senior in 10th.
Corso delivered a solid two-day performance, highlighted by a fifth place effort in the 200 breast stroke. Her time of 2:36.58 was less than a second off her personal-best mark in the event.
After placing sixth in the 100 backstroke on day one with a time of 1:03.94, Burris moved into the top five on Saturday when she bettered her time to 1:02.40. The junior also placed eighth at the 200 distance after clocking a 2:20.80.
All in all, 40 new season-best times were set by the Waves including a handful of personal records. In addition to Wades’ career day on the diving board, Phyllis Reffo (Calgary, Alberta/Santa Monica College) set a new PR in the 100 breaststroke after placing 12th in the event with a time of 1:35.10.
The Waves placed second out of five teams after two days of competition and 26 events scored. With 383.5 points, Pepperdine placed behind Cal Poly, and finished better than Concordia-Irvine, Azusa Pacific, and Fresno Pacific.
Next up for the Waves is the Arena Classic in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 17-19.