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Cougars Take Fourth At Shootout

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November 11, 2011
Chris Duke
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—After winning big in the team’s first dual of the season against Biola two weeks ago, Azusa Pacific took to the pool again in the Cal Poly Shootout over the rainy weekend.

The Cougars took on teams such as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Concordia, Pepperdine, and Fresno Pacific; each being highly competitive in their respective conferences. Cal Poly dominated the tournament with an overall score of 1942.5. Azusa Pacific placed 4th at the meet with a score of 727, just 69.5 points behind third place Pepperdine with 14 top-5 finishes while 10 different Cougar swimmers marked NAIA qualifying times.

Junior Simone Garcia had a fantastic two days after posting season-best times in the 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:57.8), 200 Breaststroke (2:33.39), 400 Freestyle Medley (4:18.5), and the 200 Individual Medley (2:16.87); each of them qualify for the NAIA Nationals.

Quinn Robertson finished in the top-5 in every event she competed in over the weekend, while junior Tink Gibb placed in the top-4 in six of seven swims at the annual Cal Poly shootout.

Gibb’s best finish was a second place time of 24.89 in the 50 free; just .25 seconds away from first place in the event, and only .11 seconds away from her season best from the PCSC Pentathlon over a month ago.

Other top swimmers from the meet include freshman Victoria Hodge, who grabbed her first two individual NAIA qualifying times in the 500 Freestyle (5:26.48) and 200 Freestyle (2:03.13).

Junior Malerie Morgan grabbed 5th place with her teammates in both of her 200 Medely Relay (1:57.8) and 400 Medley Relay (4:18.5) events.

Kassi Duncan, who had qualified for the NAIA Championships in both boards, scored a 192.35 in the 1-meter and 196.45 in the 3-meter to finish 6th and 8th respectively.

The Cougars will be back in the pool for their fourth meet of the year when they head to Irvine, Calif. to take part in the Concordia Invitational on Saturday Nov. 19th.