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Cougars Coast To Win

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Simone Garcia won the 200 IM with a time of 2:19.24.

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January 22, 2012
Chris Baker


ALISO VIEJO, Calif.-- The NAIA’s fourth ranked Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team notched nine wins en route to a dominating win over Chapman, Vanguard, and Soka on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars had 25 top-three times in 16 events, and had a first or second place finish in all but one race to easily outpace second place Chapman (100) with 151 points, while Soka placed third and Vanguard nabbed fourth.

Quinn Robertson and Tink Gibb continued to impress as each won two individual events and swam legs on two winning relays.

The team of Gibb, Robertson, Allysa Hickman, and Jamie Lofland finished in first in the 200 free relay (1:44.20), well ahead of second place Chapman (1:47.85). In the 200 medley relay Gibb, Robertson, Malerie Morgan, and Sara Zandihn swam a time of 1:56.14 to take first place before Chapman’s relay squad touched second at 1:58.37.

Robertson took the 200 free by a full three seconds (2:00.45) as the Cougars posted a 1-2-3 finish in the event with Stacey Wong touching second (2:03.56), and Malerie Morgan reaching in third (2:04.56). Robertson also won the 50 free by a full second (24.75) to finish ahead of Soka’s Michelle Nunn (25.75) and Lofland.

Gibb, who won two events against Biola, dominated in the 100 free (55.01), reaching the wall ahead of Chapman’s Amanda Morris (57.26) while Wong rounded out the top-three with a time of 57.90. In the 100 fly Azusa Pacific grabbed first and second as Gibb took first (1:01.09) ahead of Kaitlyn Lee (1:04.96).

Zandihn won the 50 breast, clocking in at 33.36, and placed second in the 100 breast (1:14.52), just ahead of Sarah Burney who took third (1:14.97). Simone Garcia had a strong showing as she won the 200 IM (2:19.24) by nearly four seconds.

Victoria Hodge swam a first place time of 5:33.50 in the 500 free and touched second in the 1000 free (11:22.45). Lauren Turner posted second place swim in the 50 fly (29.07), and touched third in the 50 back (31.28). In the 100 back the Cougars got a second place swim from Hannah Robb (1:06.76) and a third place finish from Stacy Lee.

The Cougars will get back in the pool this Saturday as they compete at the PCSC time trials.