Despite being amateur participants in the NCAA and full-time students, collegiate athletes are household names and role models to communities of fans and peers. From finding themselves in gambling crosshairs to leading social justice movements, Pepperdine athletes discuss their experiences in the public eye.
Pepperdine Men’s and Women’s Tennis each won matches April 25 to clinch the regular season conference championship. The victories are a continuation of an impressive streak for the women and a return to glory for the men.
Despite having the majority of the chances, Pepperdine Women’s Soccer came up short in a key match against BYU. The loss dropped the Waves to third in the WCC and severely dented their NCAA Tournament hopes.
As collegiate seasons begin to wrap up, Pepperdine is showing its all-around athletic excellence with nearly half its programs ranked in the Top 30 nationally. Other highlights include five teams in the Top 10, as well as a postseason trophy for men’s basketball.
On March 16, Pepperdine terminated Cross Country/Track Head Coach Sylvia Mosqueda but didn’t say why. The Graphic spoke with eight current and former members of the program, who detailed Mosqueda’s history of making sexually, racially and emotionally insensitive comments.
A battle between the final two unbeaten teams in the West Coast Conference resulted in a seven-goal thriller. Kelsey Turnbow’s 105th-minute goal gave the Broncos the win and the inside track to the conference championship.
SportsWaves is back to break down the college basketball postseason. Hosts Paxton Ritchey and Karl Winter fill out a complete March Madness bracket and also touch on Pepperdine making the College Basketball Invitational.
Pepperdine cut ties with Head Coach Sylvia Mosqueda, who was in her second season coaching the program. The change comes in the middle of the season for the Waves, who still have four track meets left on the schedule.
Pepperdine Women’s Soccer recorded its second straight win to begin WCC play, beating a scrappy and physical University of San Francisco team 1-0. Joelle Anderson’s 69th minute goal off an assist from Trinity Watson was all the Waves needed.
Pepperdine was unable to hang with the nationally-ranked Gauchos, losing all four games over the weekend. Bright spots for the Waves included a two-homer day from Reese Alexiades and strong relief appearances from freshman Brandon Llewellyn.