LA MIRADA, Calif.-- Swimming at its first competition in nearly a month, the NAIA’s 4th ranked Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team posted a strong showing in a dual at Biola; beating the Eagles 147-97 on Saturday afternoon.
“It was a very successful day. Biola has a tremendously talented team, so for us to come in and do well is great,” said head coach Tim Kyle. “This is where the [PCSC Championship] is going to be at this year. That was one of our main goals is to come here and get an idea of how this facility really works. I think the team just really enjoyed being out here. It was a great experience. ”
The Cougars won eight of 13 events on the day and had a swimmer finish in the top two in every race.
It was the usual suspects leading the way for Azusa Pacific, which beat Biola for the second time this season, as Tink Gibb and Quinn Robertson each notched two individual wins on top of swimming a leg in the Cougars’ opening win in the 200 medley relay (1:54.06).
In the 100 fly Gibb reached the wall ahead of teammate Simone Garcia (1:01.84), securing first place with a time of 1:00.28. The junior also touched first in the 500 free (5:22.07), easily outpacing second place Amber Kiel of Biola (5:35.03).
Robertson took first place in the 50 free, reaching the wall at 24.73; well ahead of runner-up Rachael Sirjord (26.65). Then in the 100 free Robertson grabbed first place with a time of 54.14 while Jamie Lofland took second with an NAIA qualifying time of 56.44. Stacy Wong gave Azusa Pacific a 1-2-3 finish, securing third place at 57.74.
Malerie Morgan won the 200 free (2:04.47) and finished second in the 100 back (1:05.18) in addition to swimming a leg on the Cougars’ first place 200 medley relay team.
Victoria Hodge won the day’s second event, swimming a time of 11:46.43 in the 1000 free, while teammate Haley Stevens finished runner-up with a mark of 11:51.75. Hodge also shaved two seconds off of her personal best in the 100 breast, touching at 1:11.48.
Cameron Hagen posted a second place finish in the 100 breast (1:09.78) narrowly falling to Biola’s Christine Tixier (1:09.37). Hagen was also a member of the Cougars’ 200 medley relay team that opened the day with a win.
Garcia nabbed a pair of second place swims, finishing second in the 400 IM (4:46.97) while placing second in the 100 fly.
April Fautsch won the 3-meter board with a score 181.05, while Chelsea Mariott placed fourth (130.75).