Waves Head to PCSC Championships This Week

Sydney Newman (photo by Roger Horne)
Feb. 7, 2017

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team heads to the PCSC Championships for its final meet of the season this week, competing Wednesday through Saturday.

MEET 9: PCSC Championships | Feb. 8-11 | Monterey Park, Calif. (East Los Angeles College)

EVENT INFO: The PCSC Championships are the final meet of the season and will determine the conference champion after four days of competition.

COVERAGE: Available updates and more will be posted on Twitter at @WavesSwimDive. A tournament central page is available at pacificswimanddive.org/2017-championships. A recap will be posted on PepperdineWaves.com after each day of competition, with a complete recap following the final day of the meet.

THE FIELD: The field includes PCSC members; Arizona Christian, Azusa Pacific, Biola, Cal State East Bay, Concordia (Irvine), Dixie State, Fresno Pacific, Loyola Marymount, Soka, Alaska Fairbanks, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz and the Waves.

SOCIAL HUB: The Pepperdine swimming and diving team is on Twitter @WavesSwimDive ... Fans can like the Waves on Facebook by searching for WavesSwimDive ... The team is also on Instagram and goes by the handle: WavesSwimDive ... Follow or like us for all the latest news!

PCSC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Julia Sneden grabbed Pepperdine’s first PCSC Athlete of the Week Award after putting up a strong performance at the home dual meet against San Diego State to start the season. Gabrielle Mathys then grabbed the award after Pepperdine’s dual meet at Cal Poly. Sneden then picked up her second weekly honor after the A3 Performance Invitational. Mathys also followed with a second honor after the Waves’ dual meet against Georgetown. Ryane Skinner nabbed the fifth award of the season for the Waves after the PCSC Time Trials.

THE ROSTER: Pepperdine boasts 39 athletes on this year’s roster, giving the Waves the largest team ever under Coach Rodionoff. The roster includes 26 returning student-athletes and 13 are newcomers to the team. The Waves boast six seniors on this year’s squad and just four juniors, making the bulk of the roster underclassmen. Last year’s 17 newcomers to the program was the largest class the Waves have ever brought in and the 13 additional freshmen this year gives the team more depth than it has had in recent memory. Of the newcomers, six are from out of state.

MOSBAUGH ON STAFF: All-time Pepperdine swimming great Jessica Mosbaugh is now on staff as an assistant coach with the Waves, replacing Sarah Burris. Mosbaugh graduated last year, finishing her time in Malibu with three PCSC titles and four Pepperdine records. She posted one of the most impressive careers in program history, graduating with Pepperdine records in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.57), 100 breaststroke (1:02.26), 200 butterfly (2:05.62) and 200 IM (2:05.23). Mosbaugh also won individual PCSC titles in the 200 breaststroke in 2014 and 2015, and won the 100 breaststroke title in 2016. Mosbaugh still owns 17 top five Pepperdine times in seven different events, including two relays.

Nick Rodionoff: Head coach Nick Rodionoff is now in his 17th season at the helm of the Pepperdine swimming and diving program ... Rodionoff has guided the Waves to 12 top-five finishes at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference Championships, including a tied-for-program-best second place result in 2008 ... He was elected PCSC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2009 ... Rodionoff has guided a total of five women to 11 conference titles and four to six NCAA Championship berths ... Rodionoff’s swimmers have broken 12 school records in 20 possible events and have recorded 76 of Pepperdine’s all-time fastest marks ... He first came onto the Pepperdine scene in 1974 to coach the men’s diving team ... Prior to coming to Malibu, Rodionoff served as the diving coach to nearby UCLA from 1964-74 ... He has been inducted into the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame, as well as the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame following a 33-year run at Birmingham High School, where he also taught ... Rodionoff is the only coach in the United States to have coached national champions in both swimming and diving and also guided the women’s national relay team to a 200 freestyle record ... He was the 1999 recipient of the Fred A. Cady Memorial Coaches Award.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports — one of just 17 schools to have accomplished this feat — and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment, is the only school without football and is the only university that has not been affiliated with a “major” conference. The Waves have won a total of 25 team or individual national championships in their history. Pepperdine has also earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #50 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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