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More Than Okay In Oklahoma

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Malerie Morgan (wearing Tink Gibb's cap) helped Azusa Pacific to its best finish of the day in the 200 medley relay.

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Published
March 1, 2012
By
Chris Baker

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- Day two of the NAIA national championships saw the 4th ranked Cougars swim season-best times in all five events en route to five top-10 finishes while Quinn Robertson broke the program-record in the 50 free.

Robertson bested her previous school-record time of 24.05 during the prelims with a mark of 23.78 before touching 7th in the finals at 24.05. Tink Gibb also broke Azusa Pacific’s previous record in the prelims with the school’s second sub-24 split in the 50 free before reaching the wall eighth in the ‘A’ final at 24.20.

Azusa Pacific opened the night with a 4th place swim in the 200 medley relay as the team of Gibb, Robertson, Malerie Morgan, and Angela Kanigowski swam a time of 1:47.31. Fresno Pacific took 1st place in the race as the Sunbirds shattered the meet record; clocking in at 1:41.40.

In the 200 IM Simone Garcia got runner-up in the ‘B’ final to earn 10th place with a time of 2:12.05, while Victoria Hodge took 13th in the 500 free (5:19.03).

The Cougars closed the day with a 5th place finish in the 800 free as Gibb, Robertson, Hodge, and Kanigowski swam a season-best time of 7:48.55. The Sunbirds, who won four events and broke three meet-records, took the final swim of the day with a time of 7:26.93.

The Cougars sit in 5th place with 108 points, while Fresno Pacific holds a commanding lead over 2nd place Oklahoma Baptist with 263 points (OBU has 196). Only 11 points separate 3rd place (Concordia; 119) from 5th place.

Tomorrow Azusa Pacific competes in eight events, including the 100 free, 200 free relay, 100 back, and 3-meter boards.