NCAA Realignment: Pepperdine Swimming & Diving Jumps to MPSF for 2023-2024 Season

After 37 years in the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference, the Pepperdine women’s swimming & diving team will join the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation next fall. They will become the 11th member of the Olympic-sport-centric MPSF.

Pepperdine already has a relationship with the MPSF – their men’s volleyball and women’s indoor track & field teams already compete in the conference. Of the 11 teams scheduled for women’s swimming in the MPSF next season, 8, including Pepperdine, are in the s

2023 MPSF Women’s Swimming Championships Standings:

  1. Hawaii 773.5
  2. UCSD 604
  3. BYU 592
  4. UC Santa Barbara 544
  5. UC Davis 454
  6. CSU-Bakersfield 274
  7. Pacific 182
  8. San Diego 146.5
  9. Cal Poly 143
  10. Incarnate Word 107

Of the 11 teams scheduled for women’s swimming in the MPSF next season, 8, including Pepperdine, are in the state of California. Last year, though, was the first time the MPSF held their championship meet outside of the state – taking the swimming portion of the meet to Utah Tech in St. George, California.

Hawaii’s women won last year’s title, beating-out the defending champions from UCSD by 169.5 points under first year head coach Mike Stephens.

The conference championship also includes 8 men’s teams, though Pacific doesn’t sponsor men’s swimming & diving.

Pepperdine’s women won the PCSC Championship last season. That is a multi-division conference that included just one other NCAA D1 team: Loyola Marymount.

The MPSF will mark a significant step-up in competition from the PCSC, though. Pepperdine’s 200 free relay, which won last year’s PCSC title, would have been 6th at the MPSF Championships. All of their other relays would have been 8th-or-lower, including two other PCSC title-winning quartets.

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