LA MIRADA, Calif-- It isn’t necessarily the most indicative meet of the season, but after a strong first performance from Azusa Pacific at the Pacific Coast Swimming & Diving Conference pentathlon, the Cougars certainly have a benchmark to work from for the rest of the season. Angela Kanigowski led the way as the only non-Loyola Marymount/Grand Canyon swimmer to place in the top-10 of the sprint pentathlon, while Victoria Hodge, Malerie Morgan, and Cameron Hagen each landed in the top-25. Senior Simone Garcia and freshman Mikaela Fuller registered top-20 finishes in the long medley pentathlon.
“We feel good. It’s so different with this meet because each of the swimmers only competes in one or two of the events they train for. It’s not really what we’re geared towards, but it’s always a fun kick off,” said head coach Tim Kyle. “It was stiff completion, Grand Canyon and LMU are stacked, so I think it’s not only a good thing to compete against them, even though they aren’t in our conference.”
Kanigowski placed in the top-10 in three events (50 fly, 50 breast, and 100 IM) en route to tallying a 3:01.85 in the short medley pentathlon; good for 10th place. She touched at 32.12 in the 50 breast (7th), 27.76 in the 50 fly (9th), and 1:04.16 in the 100 IM (10th).
Hodge had a pair of top-15 swims, posting times of 33.66 in the 50 breast (12th) and 1:05.77 in the 100 IM (15th) to help her finish with a total of 3:08.02 in the short medley pentathlon (18th overall).
“Angela had a really good meet, and to be the only non-GCU/LMU swimmer in the top-10 was really impressive. I thought Victoria swam really well and for them to put out the times they did this early on is a really good thing. It’s a good starting point for us,” said Kyle.
Morgan earned 20th place in the short medley pentathlon, thanks in large part to a 16th place showing in the 50 back (30.58), and a 17th place time of 1:06.24 in the 100 IM. Hagen notched an impressive swim in the 50 breast, earning 6th place after touching at 32.06. She finished the short pentathlon in 21st, less than half a second behind Morgan (3:10.04).
Sprinter Quinn Robertson had two top-10 times, and finished in the top-25 in all four of her events. She recorded a team-best 25.32 in the 50 free (9th), and was less than a tenth of a second behind Kanigowski in the 50 fly (27.84; 10th). Robertson also had a team-best finish of 29.83 in the 50 back (11th), and recorded a mark of 1:07.17 in the 100 IM to finish in 22nd.
In the long medley Garcia’s 10th, 11th, and 12th place finishes propelled her to 16th place (6:39.52). She swam a 1:02.11 in the 100 fly, a 1:12.23 in the 100 breast, and a 2:18.24 in the 200 IM; all of which were team-bests. Fuller had a strong opening meet, taking 20th in the long medley pentathlon after posting a 16th place time in 100 free (56.22).
Alyssa Hickman took 21st in the in the freestyle pentathlon (16:04.90) after tabbing 12th in the 25 free (12.14) and 22nd in the 200 free (1:01.36).
Azusa Pacific will get back in the competition pool on October 26th when the Cougars travel to Pepperdine for the Malibu Invitational.