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Duncan Diver

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Kassi Duncan became the COugars first NAIA all-American of 2012 after finishing 3rd in the 1-meter board.

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February 29, 2012
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- If today’s performance from Kassi Duncan is any indication of how the NAIA’s 4th ranked Azusa Pacific will fare during the NAIA national championships then the Cougars will be leaving Oklahoma City smiling.

In the 1-meter board, the only women’s competition on day one of the four-day championship meet, Duncan finished on the podium, taking 3rd place with a score of 229.85 to earn the team’s first all-American honor of the year. Duncan came into the week as the 9th rated diver, but moved up six spots to earn the medal.

“I’m blown away,” said head coach Tim Kyle. "It’s awesome the way she performed today and how focused she was and how she came through for the team. Not only did she succeed personally, it was a big team success.”

Concordia’s Christine Runkle took 1st with 274.50 points, and Amanda Carter finished runner-up after tallying a total of 270.40

Last year Duncan placed 4th in the 1-meter board and 5th in the 3-meter competition. The Cougars swim in six events tomorrow night and compete all the way through Saturday.