Swimmers Lower Season-Best Times on Day One of Arena Invitational

Madison Krall

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.

All three entrants in the 500 freestyle, Adkins, Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) and Andrea Kacynski (Superior, Colo./Monarch HS), also logged season-best times.

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.



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