OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- Another strong day at the NAIA national championships has the 4th ranked Cougars sitting in 5th place after eight events on Friday as Azusa Pacific had eight top-10 finishes, and grabbed its second all-American honor of the meet.
Kassi Duncan, who placed 3rd in the 1-meter boards on opening day, finished on the podium again with a 3rd place score in the 3-meter boards to (233.30) to earn her second all-American honor this year. The junior diver finished just outside the top-3 last year as she took 4th and 5th respectively as a sophomore.
Quinn Robertson broke the Azusa Pacific record in the 200 free as she won the ‘B’ final with a time of 1:56.28 to place 9th. Alyssa Hickman took 16th in the event with a mark of 1:58.90. Robertson also helped the Cougars to a 4th place finish in the day’s opening event as she teamed with Tink Gibb, Angela Kanigowski, and Jamie Lofland in the 200 free relay; clocking in at 1:37.72.
In the 100 fly Gibb took 6th place after reaching the wall at 57.81, while Simone Garcia swam a 7th place time in the 400 IM (4:40.20).
In the 100 breast three Cougars finished inside the top 11. Kanigowski, who tied the program-record with a mark of 1:05.85 in the prelims, led the way with a 7th place time of 1:06.23; finishing just ahead of sophomore Cameron Hagen who took 8th (1:06.90). Sara Zandihn earned 11th place as she touched at 1:09.02.
Azusa Pacific closed the day with a 6th place finish in the 400 medley relay as Malerie Morgan, Kanigowski, Gibb, and Robertson clocked in at 3:58.77.
The Cougars ended day three with 244 points, and sit back of 4th place Concordia (268) by 22. Fresno Pacific (561) holds a comfortable lead over 2nd place Oklahoma Baptist (428), while Savannah College of Art & Design sits in 3rd with 312 points.
On Saturday Azusa Pacific will close the four-day meet with six events, including the 100 free where Gibb and Robertson are expected to compete for a spot on the podium. Gibb enters with the third lowest time, while Robertson’s mark of 52.88 positions her at No. 7. Hagen is slated to swim in the 200 breast, and has a good chance at finishing in the top-8.