The women’s swimming and diving squad ended the regular season on a high note, winning seven events -- including a sweep of the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions -- during the PCSC Time Trials. Seniors Kayleen Hicks, Jessell Owens, Tiffany Martz and Robin-Lindsay White were honored during the event for their four-years of hard work and dedication to the team and athletics department.
“We’ve been blessed with four exceptional seniors this season,” exclaimed head coach Nick Rodionoff. “All of them demonstrate what it means to be a complete student-athlete. Not only are they 100-percent dedicated to their training, but they also excel in the classroom.
“To be honest, I don’t know how they do it all!” added Rodionoff.
Hicks (Chico, Calif./Chico HS) opened the morning session with a second-place showing in the 50 freestyle behind a time of 25.96. The Pepperdine record holder followed that up with wins in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes with times of 1:08.14 and 2:26.33, respectively.
Shannon Adkins (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) won both the 500 freestyle, as well as the 200 backstroke. In addition, the sophomore also placed third in the 100 butterfly.
Also swimming in the 500 freestyle was Owens (Winnemucca, Nev./Lowry HS), who finished with a third-place time of 6:09.46. Brooke Fugate (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS) and Gina Vrablik (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) finished just behind Owens with respective times of 6:13.86 and 6:31.96.
In the 100 backstroke, Sarah Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS) reached the wall first in a time of 1:03.98, while placing third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.04. She concluded the day with a fourth-place showing in the 50 freestyle.
Pepperdine dominated the diving competition, claiming the top three spots in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Kristin Scribner (Bonney Lake, Wash./Bonney Lake HS) won the 3-meter with a score of 251.00, followed by Martz’s score of 243.35 and Leslie Wade (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School), who scored a 238.15.
Martz claimed the top spot in the 1-meter, recording a score of 238.35. Scribner placed second with a 231.15, while Wade followed with a score of 227.70.
The divers experienced the unique opportunity to speak with the judges following each dive, and learn why they received the scores they did.
“We had a great response from all involved – divers, coach and judges – regarding our experimental diving format,” remarked Rodionoff. “If a diver can’t connect with the judges and understand why they aren’t being scored higher, it can be very frustrating. If you know better what certain judges are looking for, the better you can adapt during a competition.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to do this again next season.”
The Waves conclude the 2010-11 season at the PCSC Championships on Feb. 16-19 in Long Beach, Calif.