Swim and Dive Head to PCSC Championships

Sammie Slater (Photo by Jeff Golden)
Sammie Slater (Photo by Jeff Golden)
Feb. 12, 2018

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team has the final meet of the year, competing in the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championships this Wednesday through Saturday.

MEET : PCSC Championships | Feb 14-17 | La Mirada, Calif. (Splash! Regional Aquatics Center)

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

PCSC CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Waves took fourth place in last year's championships, with 969.5 points, 5.5 points ahead of Azusa Pacific. The Waves had their two best years at the PCSC Championships in 1989 and 2008, taking second both years. Pepperdine also has a solid tradition in the competition, taking top five finishes in six of the last 10 years.



COVERAGE: Available updates and more will be posted on Twitter at @WavesSwimDive. A tournament central page is available at pacificswimanddive.org/2018-championships. A recap will be posted on PepperdineWaves.com after each day of competition.

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.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: The Waves had four PCSC Athletes of the Week in 2017-18. Amy Griffin received the honor on Oct. 7, Julia Sneden was named Athlete of the Week twice, on Nov. 8 and Jan 14, while Taylor Basin earned the honor on Dec. 6.

Griffin grabbed PCSC Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 7 after she turned in three outstanding swims against San Diego State to open the year. Griffin won the 100 free, out-touching SDSU by .1, with a time of :53.72. She also helped her team to a second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay (1:51.26) with a split of :24.26, and, in the 50 free, Griffin placed second (by .09) swimming a :25.27. Sneden earned the honor on Nov. 8 after she was the Waves' top scorer in their meet with Cal Poly on Nov. 4. The junior had a personal best 50 fly in her split of the 400-medley relay with a time of :25.19, helping the team to a second place finish. She also had season best times in the 100 fly, with a :57.43 in her split of the 400-medley relay, and the 200 fly with a time of 2:12.33. Taylor Basin earned honors after she placed 2nd in the 3 meter dive with a personal best 187.27 and 4th 218.10 in the 1-meter dive. Sneden became the Waves' first multiple winner at the Lions Cup, earning 41.5 points total. She placed first in two of her three individual events, swimming the 200 IM in a 2:13.16 and the 100 fly in a :58.62. Additionally, she placed second in the 100 IM, swimming a personal best time of 1:01.50, which also took the second place in the Pepperdine women's record book. Finally, she was on the first place medley relay team, swam a :54.73 leg of the 400 free relay and helped all five Pepperdine relays place in the top three.

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THE ROSTER: Pepperdine boasts 40 athletes on this year's roster, giving the Waves the largest team ever under Coach Rodionoff. The roster includes 28 returning student-athletes and 12 are newcomers to the team. The Waves boast four seniors on this year's squad and a robust 14 juniors. Still the bulk of the squad is made up of 22 underclassmen. The program's last three recruiting classes have been made up of at least 12 student-athletes, including the team's largest ever with 17 two years ago, giving the squad more depth than it has ever had in recent memory. Of the newcomers, six are from out of state.

MOSBAUGH ON STAFF: All-time Pepperdine swimming great Jessica Mosbaugh on staff as an assistant coach with the Waves, heading into her second season this year. Mosbaugh graduated in 2015, 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 18th season at the helm of the Pepperdine swimming and diving program ... Rodionoff has guided the Waves to 13 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 own 13 school records in 21 possible events and have recorded 85 of Pepperdine's 105 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.

LAST YEAR: The Waves had another successful year in the pool in 2016-17 competing in 10 events which included four dual meets and six invites. Pepperdine hosted its annual Malibu Invitational and the PCSC Time trials, as well as dual meets against San Diego State and Georgetown. At the PCSC Championships, the Waves grabbed a fourth-place finish for the second year in a row. It was also the team's third Top 5 finish in the last four years. Eight Waves earned All-PCSC first team honors at the meet and 14 others earned All-PCSC honorable mention.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: 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 18 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have 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 #46 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.

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