Waves Host Annual Malibu Invitational on Friday and Saturday

Stephanie Ertl

Oct. 24, 2012

MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team hosts its first of three home events this weekend, Oct. 26-27, with the Malibu Invitational. The two-day event begins on Friday with the diving and distance swimming events, and runs through Saturday with the middle distance and sprint races.

WaveCasts will be broadcasting both days’ action live and for FREE. Friday's action can be view here. For Saturday's events, click here.

Diving opens the invitational at noon on Friday at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. Distance events are scheduled to follow at 2 p.m.

Swimming resumes on Saturday with the middle distance and 200 IM, beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the sprints at 1 p.m.

In addition to the Waves, participating schools include Loyola Marymount, Biola, Cal Lutheran and Azusa Pacific.

This will be the first opportunity for the Waves to take part in a full scale competition. The team got its feet wet at PCSC Relays on Oct. 12, where Pepperdine placed third behind LMU and Grand Canyon.

The Waves earned eight top-five finishes at meet, highlighted by Klaire Korver (Redwood City, Calif./Pinewood School) and Ellyn Strampel’s (Castle Rock, Colo./Rock Canyon HS) first-place showing in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving relay events.

Courtney VanWinkle (Victor, N.Y./Victor Senior HS), Nicolette Barreiro, Allison Naasz (Lodi, Calif./Tokay HS) and Ally Bernard (Porterville, Calif./Monache HS/Cuesta College) have emerged as the early frontrunners for Pepperdine in the freestyle sprints, along with senior veteran Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS). Adkins currently boasts the fastest time in the 100 on the team with a mark of 54.80.



Adkins, VanWinkle and Sarah Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS) have proved formidable in the backstroke. The trio earned the Waves’ highest finish in the swim events at the PCSC Relays with a third place showing in the 300 backstroke.

Last season, Burris and Adkins were the only two Waves to turn in a 50 backstroke split of less than 30 seconds. Burris and Adkins, as well as VanWinkle have already hit the wall in less than 30 seconds this season, and should be joined by several more teammates as the swimmers improve throughout the course of the 2012-13 campaign.

Jessie Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) has already clocked the fastest 50 and 100 breaststroke times of any Wave in the last two season, and with only one collegiate competition under her belt. She helped Pepperdine to fifth-place finishes in both the 300 breaststroke relay and 400 medley relay at the season opener.

Full results and recaps will be available at PepperdineSports.com at the conclusion of each day, while race updates can be followed on Twitter by following @PepperdineWaves.

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