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Cougars Dive For Win

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The Cougars won seven of 13 events to take home their first dual win of the young season.

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Published
November 3, 2012
By
Chris Baker

For complete meet results Click Here (PDF).

LA MIRADA, Calif.-- After nine events the Azusa Pacific swimming and diving team and Biola were tied at 102 points apiece. But thankfully for the Cougars, Azusa Pacific had the upper-and in the final two events, capturing their first dual win of the season after Bridget Rossi collected 18 points in the 1-meter and 3-meter boards to lift Azusa Pacific to a 120-102 victory for the team’s third win over Biola in the past two seasons.

“Biola has some pretty fast swimmers, so we just went in there and did our best. We went in with the mindset that it was going to be a tough meet,” said head coach Tim Kyle. “I think our girls performed well and we just stuck to our game plan and had some outstanding swims and things worked out.”

Azusa Pacific won seven of 13 events, including the final two diving competitions, to take the narrow win. The Cougars won five of the first seven swims, taking the 200 medley relay to open the meet. In the race the team of Malerie Morgan, Cameron Hagen, Madelyn Mooers, and Alyssa Hickman finished with a mark of 1:58.94, touching well ahead of Biola’s A-team, which recorded a time of 2:01.09.

Biola responded with a victory from Abby Blake in the 1650 free, when she touched at 18:01.57 in front of Mikaela Fuller (18:25.13), Victoria Hodge (19:18.63), and Haley Stevens (19:40.70). Azusa Pacific then took the next two events, first when Angela Kanigowski reached at 2:02.53 in the 200 free, and then when Quinn Robertson won the 50 free at 25.41. Robertson later took the 100 free (55:49), and was the only Cougar to win two swim events.

Mooers captured the 100 fly by nearly three seconds, reaching at 1:02.68, while Biola’s Amber Smith posted a 1:05.65. Jazmine Robles placed third in the race, and Tink Gibb, who swam unattached, reached the wall first at 1:01.87 to take the unofficial victory.

Robertson followed that up with a win in the 100 free while Erica Knudsen added three points to the Cougars’ total with a third place swim (57.66), touching 13 hundredths of a second ahead of Biola’s Monica Hurt.

The Eagles closed the swimming portion of the meet with four straight wins. Megan Nerud and Sarah Shepard finished 1-2 in the 100 back, with Morgan taking third place at 1:06.56, before Blake won her second swim of the day in the 500 free. In the race Hodge posted an impressive second place time of 5:22.17, just four seconds over her time at NAIA nationals last season. Fuller earned third place with a mark of 5:26.35.

The Eagles then finished first in the 100 breast on Christine Tixier’s 1:09.25 performance, while Hagen took second at 1:10.57 and Kanigowski placed third at 1:11.55. Biola ended its run in the 200 free relay, touching at 1:41.77 to outpace the team of Lauren Turner, Knudsen, Kanigowski, and Robertson to tie the meet at 102 points.

Biola didn’t compete in the final two diving events, making it easier on Rossi, who registered strong scores with a 165.94 in the 1-meter and a 146.70 in the 3-meter, clinching the win for the Cougars.

Azusa Pacific will return to the pool next weekend, when they travel to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly Shootout on Nov. 9-10.