Waves Celebrate Senior Day, Host PCSC Time Trials on Saturday
Pepperdine hosts its final home meet of the season this Saturday, and will honor seniors Elle Wade, Kristin Scribner, Madison Krall and Amber Seba.
Jan. 26, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving squad’s final tune up before the Pacific Coast Swimming & Diving Conference Championships on Feb. 8-12 takes place this Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The PCSC Time Trials begins at 9:30 a.m. and will feature diving and all distances of swimming as teams, including Azusa Pacific and Chapman, put in their final preparations for the conference meet.
Similar to last season, the diving competition will run in a slightly different format. After every dive, the student-athlete will have the opportunity to speak with the judges about their performance. The judges will explain how they scored the dive, and offer insight to help the student-athlete improve on future attempts.
“We tried this last year and got a lot of positive feedback from the coaches, divers and also the judges,” explained head coach Nick Rodionoff. “It’s very beneficial for all involved. Not only do the divers understand better what a judge is looking for when they score a dive, but it also helps the judges improve. One judge might see something completely different than another judge when scoring a dive, so it helps everyone to talk things out.”
The PCSC Time Trials also offers beneficial opportunities for the swimmers.
With no limit on how many races a swimmer enters, student-athletes can experiment with different races and gauge how well they might do at the conference meet in a particular event.
“This meet allows the swimmers to try different styles of swimming, whether it’s an even pace the entire race or a late kick at the end. The goal is for our swimmers to figure out what style works best for them in a specific event, and carry that over into the conference meet.”
As the final home meet of the 2011-12 season, senior day will also be celebrated. A trio of senior divers and one swimmer will be honored as their careers as Waves comes to a close.
Leslie Wade (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) has earned All-PCSC distinction in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events for the past three seasons. Her best finish came during her sophomore campaign, when Wade placed third in the 1-meter. Earlier this season, Wade wrote her name in the record books by becoming the fourth diver in program history to qualify for the NCAA Zone Regional Meet by scoring a career-high 257.20 in the 1-meter at the Cal Poly Shootout.
Fellow senior diver Kristin Scribner (Bonney Lake, Wash./Bonney Lake HS) has also earned All-PCSC accolades in both the 1-meter and 3-meter during every season she competed at the conference championships. As a freshman, Scribner placed third in the 1-meter, while last season she took fourth in the 3-meter.
Sole senior swimmer Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) has been one of the Waves’ top swimmers the past three seasons, and has continued to be a leader as a senior. As a sophomore, she posted season-best times of 10:34.36 and 17:29.99 in the 1,000 and 1,650 free, respectively, which rank as the fifth and third fastest marks in Pepperdine history. During her rookie season, Krall claimed the school's second-fastest time in the 500 freestyle at 5:01.22.
Senior diver Amber Seba (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus HS) also celebrates senior day, after joining the team this past season. During the 2011-12 season, Seba has handed in year-best scores of 146.70 in the 3-meter and 141.65 in the 1-meter.
Full results and a recap of the PCSC Time Trials will be available at www.PepperdineSports.com following the meet.