LA MIRADA, Calif.-- On day two of the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference championships the NAIA’s 5th ranked Azusa Pacific jumped up three places in the standings after snagging 138 points in five events.
“We couldn’t ask for a better day,” said head coach Tim Kyle. “We qualified two more swimmers for nationals and our relay team medaled. We've never done that before [at the PCSC's].”
In the 200 free relay the Cougars topped their previous season best of 1:40.62 as the team of Tink Gibb, Angela Kanigowski, Jamie Lofland, and Quinn Robertson finished in 3rd place with a mark of 1:38.06 to post the program’s first top-three relay finish in the PCSC championships. In the race Lofland (24.81) and Kanigowski (24.57) each swam season best splits, while Gibb was just a few hundredths of a second off her season-best time.
Simone Garcia clocked in with a season-best 2:15.56 in the 200 IM to place 21st, while Gibb was the second fastest NAIA swimmer in the 50 free; touching at 24.28 (7th place) for her best time of the year. Robertson finished with a mark of 24.97 in the 50 free (16th place), with Kanigowski (25.21; 19th) and Lofland (25.29; 22nd) reaching the wall just behind her.
Kassandra Duncan took 8th place in the 1-meter boards (182.90), while April Fautsch scored 125.10 to take 16th.
Taylor Rodgers shaved almost nine-tenths of a second off of her season best time in the 50-free to qualify for the NAIA championships after clocking in at 25.90 (37th). The Cougars also added another qualifier after Sarah Burney posted a time of 2:34.15 in the 200 breast in a time trial following the meet.
Azusa Pacific now has 15 swimmers and one diver qualified to compete in the NAIA national championships. The Cougars have qualified in 37 events for nationals and still have two more days of competition to add to that total.
After two days Azusa Pacific sits behind UCSD (693.50), California Baptist (547.50), Fresno Pacific (323), and Pepperdine (322). On Friday the Cougars will compete in five more events, before concluding the championships on Saturday.