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Fourth and Five

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Simone Garcia won the 'B' final in the 200 breast to take 9th place.

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March 3, 2012
Chris Baker

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- Swimming in just its fourth NAIA championship meet Azusa Pacific tabbed its second consecutive top-5 finish after a night that saw the Cougars break another program record to go with six top-10 finishes. Azusa Pacific scored 336 points during the week to place 5th while Fresno Pacific won its first NAIA women’s swimming and diving title.

Tink Gibb, who became the program's first NAIA swimmer of the month in January, highlighted the night for the Cougars as she dropped a half-second in the 100-free to post an Azusa Pacific-record time of 51.81 to take 5th place. Fellow sprinter Quinn Robertson took 8th in the event after clocking in at 53.21 while Angela Kanigowski finished runner-up in the ‘B’ final with a time of 52.95 and Jamie Lofland touched at 54.89 to finish in 16th.

In the 200 breast sophomore Cameron Hagen, who already broke the program-record with a mark of 2:25.48 at the PCSC Championships, touched at 2:26.26 to take 8th place. Simone Garcia won the ‘B’ final at 2:26.84, and Sarah Burney, who is one of two Cougars to swim four seasons at Azusa Pacific, took 14th as she clocked in at 2:32.95.

The Cougars closed the night with a season-best swim of 3:31.07 as Gibb, Robertson, Kanigowski, and Lofland took 4th place. Fresno Pacific won the race by crushing the previous meet-record by over two seconds with a time of 3:25.81 (previous best was 3:28.49).

Victoria Hodge placed 11th in the 1650 free with a personal-best time of 18:09.95, while Stacy Wong, the other Cougar to swim four seasons at Azusa Pacific, took 20th with a time of 19:13.51.