LA MIRADA, Calif.-- The NAIA’s No. 5 ranked Azusa pacific swimming and diving team opened up the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships on Wednesday, nabbing a pair of top-10 finishes against the 12-team field that consists of programs from all levels of the NCAA and NAIA.
In the 200 medley relay Azusa Pacific topped its season best time of 1:54.06 as the team of Malerie Morgan, Angela Kanigowski, Tink Gibb, and Quinn Robertson posted a time of 1:52.37, good for 6th place. The group of Lauren Turner, Sara Zandihn, Kaitlyn Lee, and Sarah Burney placed 20th, clocking in at 1:58.20.
The Cougars took 10th place in the 800 free relay as Stacey Wong, Victoria Hodge, Alyssa Hickman, and Jamie Lofland reached the wall at 8:06.31. In the 3-meter board finals Chelsea Marriott finished 17th (115.55), while Kassandra Duncan took 18th place (114.90).
After day one Azusa Pacific sits in 10th place with 98 points, while UCSD, California Baptist, and Pepperdine round out the top-3.
On Thursday the Cougars will look to move up as they compete in four events; the 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay, and 1-meter boards. Swimming finals are set to begin at 5:10, while the diving finals are slated to start at 3:30.