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Cougars Qualify Eight

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Published
January 28, 2012
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Chris Baker
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MALIBU, Calif.-- It wasn’t about winning, but it sure set up the NAIA’s No. 4 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team for success. At the PCSC time trials, a non-competitive conference qualifying meet, the Cougars qualified in eight more NAIA National Championship events, led by Angela Kanigowski with three.

“We couldn’t ask for a better day,” said head coach Tim Kyle. “This was strictly about qualifying times and we did exactly what we needed to do. We’re set up exactly where we should be.”

Kanigowski’s times of 1:09.34 in the 100 breast, 55.91 in the 100 free, and 25.62 in the 50 free were all good enough to send her to Oklahoma City for the NAIA National Championships.

In the 200 free Stacy Wong and Jamie Lofland had qualifying marks. Lofland swam a time of 2:03.21, while Wong touched at 2:01.44. Quinn Robertson also shaved off six tenths of a second in the race to post her season best time of 2:00.39. Wong also had an NAIA qualifying time in the 200 back, clocking in at 2:16.24.

Simone Garcia and Malerie Morgan had season-best times in the 200 IM. Morgan swam a time of 2:16.46, good enough for a bid to the NAIA national championships while Garcia touched at 2:16.32. Kaitlyn Lee swam a time of 2:19.05 in the 200 fly, also better than the NAIA qualifying marks.

The Cougars will take a brief break before competing in the PCSC championships on February 8-11, and will then go on to the NAIA national championships in Oklahoma City from February 29 through March 3.