Waves Prepare for Conference Championship at PCSC Time Trials

Sarah Burris with head coach Nick Rodinoff last weekend during

Jan. 24, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team prepares for the conference championship with one final regular-season meet, the PCSC Time Trials, on Saturday, Jan. 26. The meet begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool and features competitors from league rivals Azusa Pacific, Concordia-Irvine and Soka.

The format of the meet will mirror the event schedule at the PCSC Championship, scheduled for Feb. 13-17. Unlike the conference championship, there is no limit to the number of events a particular student-athlete enters. This concept allows swimmers to test out different race tactics and see what events they will be able to score the most points in for their team at the league championship.

Both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events will also be contested.

The Waves placed eighth at the 2012 PCSC Championship, but competed with a comparatively smaller roster than other teams. Pepperdine’s best finish came in 1989 and again in 2008 when the team placed second. The Waves have finished in the top-five 21 out of the last 26 years and look to do so again this year now that they are again competing with a full roster of 25 swimmers and three divers.

Last week at the Beach Cup, Pepperdine produced several season-best times against top-tier talent from area schools. Jessica Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) broke into the top-five in the 400 IM, and finished just outside the top-five in the 200 breaststroke, settling for sixth. The freshman standout also logged a top-10 finish in the 200 IM.

For seniors Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), Sarah Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS), Klaire Korver (Redwood City, Calif./Pinewood School), Andrea Kacynski (Superior, Colo./Monarch HS), Gina Vrablik (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy),Natalia Barragan (Chowchilla, Calif./Chowchilla Union HS), Phyllis Reffo (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Grandin HS/Santa Monica College) and junior Brooke Fugate (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS), it will be the last time competing in the Raleigh-Runnels Memorial Pool.

The group was honored last week at the Beach Cup for their hard work, dedication and contributions to the team. Head coach Nick Rodionoff credited the group of student-athletes for sticking with Pepperdine throughout the “final season” back in 2009-10. The program was to be cut due to funding at the end of the year but was later reinstated. Because of the senior’s loyalty to the team, the program was able to rebuild and is now flourishing.

Full results will be posted on PepperdineSports.com following the conclusion of the meet.



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