Swimmers Lower Season-Best Times on Day One of Arena Invitational
Fierce competitors bring out the best in the Waves on the opening day of the Arena Invitational.
Nov. 17, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Against some of the fiercest competition in the NCAA, the Pepperdine women's swim team clocked eight season-best times in three different events on the opening day of the Arena Invitational.
"There were several top-25 ranked teams here today," commented head coach Nick Rodionoff. "and a lot of highly experience swimmers, many of whom have international and Olympic experience.
"Our student-athletes did well. They weren't intimidated, and overall, this has been a great experience so far."
The 200 freestyle relay team consisting of Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), Brooke Hawley (Plano, Texas/Plano West HS), Kelly Corso (Glendora, Calif./Glendora HS) and Natalia Barragan (Chowchilla, Calif./Chowchilla Union HS) were the first in the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool this morning.
The quartet clocked a season-best relay time of 1:43.80, highlighted by Hawley's 50-yard split time of 24.88. It was the fastest the freshman has swam while donning a Wave uniform.
Adkins was the first Pepperdine student-athlete to reach the wall, with a time of 5:15.40, followed by Krall who stopped the clock at the 5:21.89 mark. Kacynski shaved over six seconds off her previous season-best time with a 5:57.03.
Krall swam her fastest 200 IM of the year, with a time of 2:14.65. The performance is just three seconds shy of her personal best time in the event of 2:11.12.
Hawley also delivered a sub-2:20 race with a season-best mark of 2:18.68.
In the 400 medley relay, Adkins, Corso, Krall and Hawley collectively pieced together a time of 4:17.11.
For complete results from the opening day of the Arena Invitational, click here: http://results.liveswim.net/bp/Arena/
The meet continues on Friday and concludes on Saturday.