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October 26, 2012
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Chris Baker
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MALIBU, Calif.-- On day one of the Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine, the Azusa Pacific swimming and diving team only competed in three events during the distance portion of the two-day meet. But despite the Cougars’ lack of races, the team came away with an impressive showing, notching four top-10 finishes, led by freshman Mikaela Fuller’s runner-up performance in the 1650 free.

Fuller, who is only competing in her second collegiate meet, swam a time of 18:13.55, touching the wall just over 10 seconds after Loyola Marymount’s Mary Katherine Short. Fuller’s early-season mark would have ranked second for the Cougars last year, and would have easily qualified the freshman for the NAIA national championships.

Victoria Hodge recorded a time of 18:43.61 in the race (fifth place), while Haley Stevens posted a mark of 19:45.24 to take sixth. In the 400 IM Simone Garcia took seventh place, touching at 4:51.66, while Lauren Turner reached at 5:01.25 to take 11th.

Alyssa Hickman placed 12th in the 500 free with a time of 5:42.20, and Lindsay Luebker took home 22nd at 6:31.18. Tomorrow the Cougars will compete in 14 races as the mid-distance and sprint portions of the meet kick off. Participating schools include Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Biola, and Cal Lutheran.