Waves Finish 2009 at Finis Collegiate Invitational


December 9, 2009

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MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine's women's swimming team returns to the waters of the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif., this weekend for the Finis Collegiate Invitational, which is being co-hosted by UC Santa Cruz and Cal Lutheran.

The Belmont Plaza has served as a second home for the Waves in recent years. Pepperdine attended meets there twice last season for the Nike Cup and PCSC Championships, and were part of the 25-team field at this past November's Toshiba Classic.

Pepperdine scored 109 points through seven events at the Toshiba Classic, which was its last competition held exactly one month ago. There, the Waves posted four personal records and 44 season best times led by freshman Rachel Dekar's (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School) 200 breaststroke mark of 2:22.17, which is the second fastest in program history.

Pepperdine also scored on all five relays and sent two other individuals - sophomore Madison Krall (Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Centennial HS) and junior Kayleen Hicks (Chico, Calif./Chico HS) - to the finals of the 400 individual medley and 200 breast, respectively.

The Waves are bringing 20 swimmers to the Finis Invitational with many of them slated to compete in three individual events during Saturday and Sunday; however, Dekar and Krall along with Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), Ali Chester (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly HS), Martha Murphy (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain HS) and Joanne Perry (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School) have been entered in four races.

Pepperdine has its greatest representation in the 50 freestyle as 13 of its swimmers are scheduled to race through more than 14 heats.

The four-day Finis Collegiate Invitational runs from Friday through Monday and features 15 teams, many of whom Pepperdine will face again at the conference championship meet in February. Opponents for this weekend include Cal Poly, Santa Barbara and UNLV in addition to the host institutions.

Swimming events start 6 p.m. Friday with the timed finals of five individual races and the 400 freestyle relay. Preliminaries will take place both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a finals session at 5 p.m.

Although races are scheduled for Monday (10:30 a.m. prelims/3:30 p.m. finals), Pepperdine will be absent from the final day of competition due to the start of final exams.

Friday's events are non-scorning; however, standard NCAA 32-place scoring will be used for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Team plaques will be presented to the first place men's and women's teams.

The price of admission is $8 per session or $30 for an all-session pass. Heat and final sheets will be sold for $2 each and parking passes will be available for $10 per day.



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