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LA MIRADA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team edged out Biola for a 120-115 win in the Cougars’ first dual of the season on Saturday morning. Azusa Pacific won just four events on the day, but saw its depth prevail as the team recorded its third consecutive victory over the Eagles since 2012.
Azusa Pacific had two top-three finishes in 11 events, highlighted by a 1-2-3 performance in the 100 free. Sophomore Erica Knudsen, who had a part in three of the Cougars victories, placed first in the 100 free with a mark of 54.76. Ingrid Cardenas touched second (55.65), and Lauren Turner registered a third place time (57.45).
Knudsen also won the 50 free, clocking in at 25.45, and was a member of the Cougars’ winning ‘A’ relay team in the 200 free (1:42.49). Cardenas also swam on the winning 200 free relay team, and recorded a first place time of 2:01.39 in the 200 free. Sydney Bello posted a third place mark of 2:02.67, with Brooke Miller coming in fourth at 2:09.34.
Tink Gibb tabbed top-three times in each of her swims, including a second place mark of 1:00.11 in the 100 fly, and a third place time of 5:23.19 in the 500 free, just barely getting out-touched out by Bello, who clocked in at 5:23.12. Gibb was also a member of the team’s winning 200 free relay squad.
Heidi Zuniga touched at 5:30.49 in the 500 free to take fourth place, while Mikaela Fuller notched a fifth place time of 5:32.00. In the 1000 free Fuller placed second (11:18.05), and Zuniga hit the wall at 11:31.47 to grab third.
Azusa Pacific’s ‘A’ relay team of Miller, Rachel Allison, Madelyn Mooers, and Kaitlyn Lee clocked in at 1:59.54 in the 200 medley to record a second place finish.
April Fautsch and Robyn Dozier traded second and third place scores in the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, with Fautsch tabbing a second place score of 169.30 in the 1-meter and a third place mark of 157.30 in the 3-meter. Dozier posted a 159.70 iin the 1-meter, and scored 160.30 in the 3-meter, just barely getting edged out by Biola’s Alyssa Roden, who scored 160.40 to sweep the diving events.
Azusa Pacific will return to action next weekend when it travels to San Luis Obispo for the Mustang Shootout at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.