ALISO VIEJO, Calif.-- In the first ever Orange County Invitational the Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team nabbed third place behind 10 top-5 finishes.
The Cougars finished behind Grand Canyon (Ariz.) and the host team, Concordia.
Tink Gibb was solid once again as she notched 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishes on top of helping the 200 medley relay team finish one spot out of the podium (4th; 1:58.05).
In the 100 free Gibb didn’t post her best time of the year (53.73), but reached the wall with a time of 54.22 to take 2nd. The junior took 3rd in the 100 fly with a mark of 1:00.77 and touched 4th in the 50 free (24.81).
Quinn Robertson had a trio of 5th place swims as the sophomore posted times of 24.96 in the 50 free, 55.54 in the 100 free, while anchoring the 400 free relay (3:52.10). Simone Garcia also took part in the relay and clocked in at 2:18.99 in the 200 IM (4th place), and 2:32.21 in the 200 breast (5th place).
In the 200 fly freshman Kaitlyn Lee’s 4th place time of 2:20.48 in the 200 fly was just fractions of a second off the national qualifying time of 2:19.99, despite the fact the team has yet to begin tapering as Head Coach Tim Kyle is still running two-a-days.
“It was more of an idea of what we can do come nationals,” said Kyle about the meet. “Lee dropped 2.5 seconds off her 200 fly time and she’s right at the cut time. Once we taper she’ll definitely be making the national cut.”
In the 100 back Malerie Morgan took 3rd place with a time of 1:03.50, and reached the wall 6th in the 200 IM (2:19.39) in addition to swimming on the 4th place 200 medley relay team.
Azusa Pacific has nearly a month off before its next meet when the Cougars travel to Las Vegas for the UNLV Winter Invitational on Dec. 17-19.