Swim loses to Pepperdine in dual swim meet but walks away with many personal records

Eva Marta, Staff Writer

Our Westmont Warriors traveled to Malibu last Friday to compete against the Pepperdine Waves in a dual swim meet. This meet was originally going to be the Warriors’ final chance to qualify for the NAIA National Championship; however, the national championship meet was canceled during fall of 2020 due to an outbreak of COVID-19, making the team unable to compete.

Friday’s meet was a condensed meet where only the women competed, which forced some athletes to compete in back-to-back events, not allowing for much recovery time in between races. Yet the Warriors raced with determination, despite fatigue.

 

This meet allowed quite a few swimmers to set personal record times. The meet started out with the 200-yard freestyle relay in which the ‘A’ team managed to stay with Pepperdine’s ‘B’ team throughout the race, resulting in third place for the Warriors.

‘A’ team and ‘B’ team are terms used to describe different groups in a relay race, the ‘A’ team being seated faster than the ‘B’ team. Second-year Kassy Gregory swam a lifetime best time in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:27.51, and is now ranked the fifth best time for this race in the Warrior record book. Second-year Gaby Rego had a college-career best time in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:03.14. First-year Bridget Hoth won the 50 yard freestyle at 25.30 with a quick first lap that put her just enough ahead to finish in first, which was the only event Westmont won. While the Waves won the meet 187-47, many of our athletes managed to walk away with impressive personal results.

The Warriors compete in the butterfly stroke competition. (Clive Son)

First-year Cayla Won set a new school record in the 400-yard individual medley, just barely missing the provisional standard for nationals, which is 4:32.40. With a time of 4:59.11, she took more than seven seconds off the previous school record that she set last December. 

Won said, “[I’m] thankful I had the opportunity to swim. I am excited to continue training IM [to] see where the end of the season leaves me. The atmosphere was great; we were all really excited to be there!”

Won also said she believes this season “will further our commitment to each other and [to] the sport.” Regarding the team, she “[thinks] the training we put in this season will make us stronger in our races mentally and physically.” 

The Warriors will continue their season next weekend on Feb. 20, when they return to Malibu. They will compete in a tri-meet against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Good luck Warriors!

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