San Diego State Women Cruise To 29th Straight Dual Meet Win At Pepperdine

San Diego State vs Pepperdine (W)

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool, Malibu, Calif.,
Results (PDF)
Score: SDSU 81, Pepperdine 65

Courtesy: San Diego State Athletics

MALIBU, Calif. – The San Diego State swimming and diving team jumped out to an insurmountable 66-11 lead after four events and went on to an 81-65 victory over the Pepperdine Waves at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on Thursday.

The victory is the program’s 29th straight dual meet win and improves the Aztecs’ record in duals this season to 2-0. San Diego State has not lost a dual meet since Jan. 8, 2018, and, since the 2016-17 season, the Aztecs have defeated the Waves 11 straight times, including six straight in Malibu.

In the opening event, the 200-medley relay, the Aztecs recorded four of the top five times, but only counted its first and second place finishes. The team of Mia McKenna, Klara ThormalmKristina Murphy and Lizzie Menzmer earned the victory in a time of 1:45.35, with Alex RobertsJessie McMurrayRiley Tapley and Meredith Smithbaker coming in second in 1:47.09. Lexi AndersonAshlyn HemphillFiona Trotz-Chavez and Cassandra Phillips had the third fastest time, 1:49.02, but they, along with Lauren TorchianaBrynlee BusskohlPaige Mitchell and Ryan Dulaney who compiled the fifth fastest time, 1:51.19, did not figure into the scoring after their races were exhibitioned.

Emily Gebhardt (26.07), Wilma Johansson (26.48) and Brynlee Busskohl (26.95) finished first, second and fourth, respectively, in the 50 fly to cap the Aztecs scoring in the event. Hemphill (27.54), Jessie McMurray (28.04) and Ryan Dulaney (28.34) swam the race as an exhibition.

In the 50 back, San Diego State swept the first three spots with Evonne Stehr winning in 26.50 seconds. Tapley and Anderson were second and third, respectively, in times of 26.80 and 28.01.

The 50 breaststroke saw the Aztecs take the top five positions, but only the first three scored. Smithbaker (29.51), Sammy Geyer (30.31) and Busskohl (30.88) touched one, two, three. Stehr and Alex Roberts swam as an exhibition in times of 31.50 and 32.25, respectively.

In the final three races – the 50 free, 100 IM and 200 free relay, all the Aztecs’ swims were exhibitions.

In the 50 free, San Diego State had five of the six fastest times, including the top three. Cathy Cooper was the fastest in the pool with a 24.29, while Gebhardt (24.62) and Trotz-Chavez (24.94) touched the wall with the second and third quickest times. Hemphill (25.15), Paige Mitchell (25.60) and McMurray (26.27) rounded out the Aztecs’ finishers.

Murphy (58.39) and Tapley (58.48) were the only swimmers to finish the 100 IM in under a minute. Roberts clocked the third fastest time with a 1:01.04 and McKenna came home in 1:03.06.

In the final swimming event, the 200 free relay, San Diego State again had four of the top-5 times. The team of Geyer, Menzmer, Murphy and Cooper finished in the quickest time (1:36.40). Phillips, Thormalm, Dulaney and Gebhardt touched second in 1:37.72, while Smithbaker, Johansson, Trotz-Chavez and Stehr were the third fastest at 1:39.63. Mitchell, Anderson, McKenna and Torchiana finished in 1:43.73, the fifth team to touch the wall.

Six Aztecs competed on 1-meter board, the lone event diving event of the day, and San Diego State took the top three spots led by Summer Westmoreland (248.04 points). Lexi Letts was second with a score of 237.90, and Olivia Zamudio finished in third with a score of 233.94.  San Diego State’s other three divers were Juliana Harrison, who recorded a personal best of 215.34, Gilliam Garcia had a total of 191.86 and Emma Duggan finished at 158.77. Harrison, Garcia and Duggan dove as an exhibition.

San Diego State extends its dual meet unbeaten streak to 1,368 days. The last time a team defeated the Aztecs in a dual meet was on Jan. 8, 2018, a 153-147 loss to Colorado State.

The Aztecs will spend the next two days, Friday and Saturday, in Fresno, Calif., competing in the Chick-Fil-A Invitational. The first swim on Friday, the 200-medley relay, is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Other team competing in the event are UCLA, California, Washington State, and San Jose State as well as the host Fresno State.

Courtesy: Pepperdine Athletics

MALIBU, California – The Pepperdine swimming and diving team completed its first competition of the 2021-22 season, falling to San Diego State by a score of 81-65 in the dual meet.


In the diving portion of the event, Lexie Martin (Keller, Texas/Keller HS) was the top performer for the Waves. The freshman finished with a total score of 220.14 and came in fourth.

Lexie Deitemeyer (Golden, Colo./Golden HS) had the best swim performance of the day for Pepperdine. Deitemeyer raced out to a third-place finish in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 26.66 seconds, merely .59 seconds off the winner. Emily Morton (Golden, Colo./Lakewood HS) followed up Deitemeyer with a fourth-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke at a time of 28.33 seconds.

Other top individual Pepperdine performers were Paige Tattersall (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) in the 50-yard breaststroke, Emma Purdy (Truckee, Calif./Truckee HS) in the 50-yard freestyle and Deitemeyer in the 100-yard IM. In relays, Jenna Sanchez (Highland, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS), Purdy, Jasmine Williams (Folsom, Calif./Folsom HS) and Alexandra Browne (Arlington, Va./Washington-Liberty HS) earned the top Pepperdine time for the 200-yard freestyle relay, while Williams, Morton, Deitemeyer and Purdy were the top Waves finishers in the 200-yard medley relay.

NEXT UP: Pepperdine has a short turnaround, as the Waves host the Rodionoff Invitational Friday and Saturday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. Diving starts at 10:00 a.m. on both days, while the swim portion of the meet commences at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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