The University of Alaska Fairbanks swim team broke multiple personal records and a school record at the three-day Pepperdine Winter Invite, which took place from Friday through Sunday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial pool in Malibu, California.
Kaia Norbye’s Saturday swim in the 100-yard breaststroke was the highlight of the meet.
The sophomore took first place, swimming a 1:03.64, and notched a new school record in the process. She also finished first in the 50-yard breaststroke Friday.
Other first place swims included Erika Kakazu’s 50-yard backstroke (27.64), Makayla Suominen’s 50-yard freestyle (23.67) and Oda Bygdnes’ 50-yard butterfly (24.64), 100-yard butterfly (55.72) and 200-yard individual medley (2:07.20).
Three Nanooks relay teams took first place at the meet.
On day one, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Suominen, Bygdnes, Norbye and Whitney McArthur touched first with a 1:35.75. Suominen, Norbye, Bygdnes and Kakazu also won the 400-yard medley relay with a 3:52.41.
On day two, the 200-yard medley relay team of Kakazu, Norbye, Bygdnes and Suominen swam a season-best 1:44.76 and took first place.
Each relay swimmer also recorded a personal best in an individual event.
Other Nanooks recording PRs on day one were Jessica Williamson in the 50-yard butterfly, Sydney Gulon in the 50-yard backstroke, Tori Shoemaker and Camille Dayton in the 500-yard freestyle and Alexis Mattson in the 50-yard backstroke.
On Saturday, Dayton notched a PR in the 400-yard individual medley and Williams swam a lifetime best in the 100-yard butterfly.
Alaska has December off and next travels Jan. 10 to Pacific Lutheran University for a dual meet.