LONG BEACH, California, February 8. THE Pepperdine women's and University of Seattle men's swimming and diving teams lead competition after day one of the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference (PCSC) Championships at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.
The Redhawks won the 200 medley relay and finished third in the 800 freestyle relay, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both events. The team of Bryson Chiu (Carmel, Ind.), Doug Djang (Seattle, Wash.), Chris Coley (Austin, Texas), and Bryant Bevers (Federal Way, Wash.) set a new school record in the 200 medley relay, finishing in a time of 1:32.65 to defeat the team from UC San Diego by 18/100ths of a second. Thanks to that performance, Seattle University is eligible to swim in that event at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in March.
The Redhawks will also be able to enter a team for the 800 freestyle relay at the national meet after Gordon Smith (Kennewick, Wash.), Nathan Freeman (Phoenix, Ariz.), Bevers, and Coley finished Wednesday night's relay with a time of 6:50.43, just 4/100ths of a second behind second-place UC San Diego. Smith became the second Seattle University male swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships as an individual, leading off the relay with a time of 1:40.88, a qualifying time in the 200 freestyle.
The men's team finished the first day with 118 points, just ahead of UC Santa Cruz (116 points) and UC San Diego (112 points). The women's swim team ended the first day in ninth place with 86 points.
On the women's side, the Waves are in first place with 196 points, leading the field of 14 teams. Northern Colorado is in second place with 172 points, followed by North Florida, which holds 163 points. Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Baptist round out the Top 5 with 156 points and 125 points, respectively.
The Waves scored 54 points in the 200 medley relay with a third place finish. The relay team of Alison McLeod, Danielle Kimmel, Amy Nightingale and Haley Wilson knocked out an impressive 1:47.13, which gave the group the second all-time best time and now hold the Top 3 times in the event.
Pepperdine led the scoring in the three-meter dive earning 96 points with three Waves placing in the Top 8. Senior Lindsay Adarme placed third with 408.05 points, while senior Sarah Towers and sophomore Amanda Pond took fifth and sixth place, respectively.
With a seventh place finish in the 800 free relay, the Waves earned 46 points. Haley Wilson, Brianna Blanchard, Loriann Mark and McLeod swam a time of 7:52.57.
Competition continues at the PCSC Championships on Thursday, with preliminaries in the morning and finals in the evening.