Pepperdine Women Take Down 14 Year Old School Record At PCSC Champs

2021 PCSC Swim & Dive Championships

  • Wednesday, April 14 – Friday, April 16, 2021
  • William Woolet Jr. Aquatics Center
  • Irvine, California
  • Short Course Yards (SCY)
  • Championships Site
  • Results Available On Meet Mobile Under “2021 PCSC Swim  and Dive Championships”

Day 1 of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships went down on April 14 in Irvine California as both men’s and women’s teams took to the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 free, 3-meter dive, 200 free relay, and 400 medley relay.

Team Scores After Day 1

Women

  1. Biola University – 485 Points
  2. Pepperdine University – 477 Points
  3. Azusa Pacific University – 271 Points
  4. Loyola Marymount University – 232.5 Points
  5. Concordia University – 197 Points

Men

  1. Biola University – 485 Points
  2. Fresno Pacific University – 194 Points
  3. Concordia University – 197 Points
  4. Simpson University – 179 Points
  5. University of California, Santa Cruz – 95 Points

Women’s Recap

The Pepperdine women’s 400 yard medley relay, made up of Jasmine Williams (backstroke – 57.13), Emily Morton (breaststroke – 1:03.98), Haley Bergthold (butterfly – 58.05), and Sammie Slater (freestyle – 51.51) delivered a victory in the event on day 1. Not only did they claim gold in the event, but the Pepperdine women also took out a 14-year-old school record in the event set by the quartet of McLeod, Kimmel, Nightingale, and Wilson back in 2007 when they swam a 3:51.92.

Pepperdine made it 2-for-2 relay wins on day 1 of the meet as Sammie Slater (24.21), McKenzie Kelly (24.20), Jasmine Williams (23.70), and Jenna Sanchez (23.08) swam to a 1:35.19 gold medal performance. That was enough to beat out Biola’s silver medal-winning contingent who came in with a 1:35.48 and Concordia’s bronze medal-winning 1:38.04.

Along with her contribution to the 400 medley relay win, Pepperdine’s Emily Morton topped the podium in the 200 IM by hitting a 2:05.94 to shave over half a second off her 2:06.66 PB from 2019. Morton was followed in the event by the Biola University duo of Liza Parahnevich (2:06.91) and Katelyn Harper (2:07.85).

In the women’s 50 freestyle, Biola’s Meghan Tolman swam a winning time of 23.80 to out-touch Pepperdine’s Jenna Sanchez who was a 23.95 for silver. McKenzie Kelly rounded out the top three with a 24.15 for Pepperdine. Tolman’s teammate from Biola Kolya Vos managed to win the 500 freestyle on day 1 with a 5:01.63 which is a full 10 seconds faster than her previous best time in the event of 5:11.79 from 2019. Azusa Pacific’s Riley Smith and Pepperdine’s Paige Tattersall were silver and bronze in the 500 with a 5:02.15 and 5:04.24, respectively.

Azusa Pacific managed to sweep the women’s 3-meter diving event as Amy Crane, McKenna Webster and Melia Stout went 1-2-3 with scores of 276, 251.95, and 240.55, respectively.

Men’s Recap

Concordia University’s Kyle Benjamin delivered the first individual win of the men’s meet as he raced to victory in the men’s 500 freestyle with a 4:29.69 to shave more than half a second off his PB of 4:30.17. The swim for Benjamin made him the only one in the field under 4:30 as Taylor Steffen, also from Concordia posted a 4:33.88 for silver while Biola’s Gabe Webber trailed with a 4:40.72 for bronze.

Improving upon their teammate’s bronze medal performance, Patrick Waggoner and Nathan Schwantes went 1-2 for Biola in the men’s 200 IM with swims of 1:52.36 and 1:55.53, respectively. The swim for Waggoner is a decent PB in the event, improving upon his 1:54.06 from last year’s championships while Schwantes also dropped time from his 2019 swim of 1:56.46. Dylan Sewell rounded out the top three for Fresno Pacific University with a 1:55.89.

Fresno Pacific collected their first individual final as Iskender Baslakov swam his way to victory in a 20.68 to out-touch Simpson University’s Chadd Mauer who was a 20.84 and FPU’s Alex Ivakin who close behind with a 20.88.

Biola University and Fresno Pacific delivered down-to-the-wire battle in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Biola’s Jake Michelson opened things up with a 20.99 to FPU’s opening split of 20.71 from Iskender Baslakov. Following middle splits of 20.70 from Tanner Smith and 20.69 from Jonas Huckabay, Biola’s Patrick Waggoner delivered a 21.15 anchor leg to give his team a total time of 1:23.53.

That was just faster than FPU’s silver medal-winning time of 1:23.89 thanks t0 Baslakov’s teammates Trevor Riley (21.39), Kiril Baron (21.03), and Alex Ivakin (20.76). Simpson University rounded out the top 3 with a 1:25.13.

In the 400 medley relay, FPU improved upon their second-place performance in the 200 free relay with a winning time of 3:22.21. Biola University fell to 2nd place in the medley relay by posting a 3:24.69 while Concordia was bronze in a 3:27.40.

The sole diving event of the day went to FPU’s Hunter Cole who scored 222.35 in the 1-meter dive while Biola’s Westin Dawe took silver with 151.90 points and Austin Wade scored a 119.60, picking up bronze for Concordia.

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