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Cougars Splash Into National Rankings

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Azusa Pacific is making its first appearance in the NAIA Coach's poll.

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Published
December 6, 2011
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- The women’s swimming and diving team ended the 2010-11 season with a bang, finishing the NAIA National Championships in a school-best 5th place. Today the Cougars posted another school first as Azusa Pacific was rated No. 4 in the first edition of the NAIA Coach’s Poll.

The Cougars are situated behind Fresno Pacific (No. 1), SCAD (Ga.; No. 2), Oklahoma Baptist (No. 3), and sit in front of Cumberlands (Ky.) in their first ever appearance inside the top-5.

“Our goal is to improve on last year,” said first-year head coach Tim Kyle. “Somewhere in that neighborhood is improving. We’ve got a talented group of swimmers and we’re going to try to see if we can push that number up.”

In Kyle’s first season the Cougars have won the only dual they’ve competed in (@ Biola on Oct. 29), and placed 3rd at the O.C. Invite on Nov. 19. To open the season Azusa Pacific grabbed 5th at the PCSC Relays, a day before Victoria Gibb posted two wins to help the team to 4th at the PCSC Pentathlon. The next meet for the team is at the UNLV Invitational on Dec. 17-19, where the Cougars will compete after nearly a month off.

NAIA Coach’s Poll