SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.--On day one of the Cal Poly Shootout the Azusa Pacific swimming and diving team recorded six top-5 finishes to end the day in third place with 484 points, behind host Cal Poly Pomona (1,092) and Pepperdine (509). The Cougars, who are coming off a tight win over Biola last weekend, had three swimmers post fourth-place finishes, with Cameron Hagen taking fourth in the 50 breast and 100 breast.
Azusa Pacific’s ‘A’ team of Hagen, Quinn Robertson, Madelyn Mooers, and Angela Kanigowski opened the day with a fourth place time in the 200 medley relay (1:56.13), while the Cougars’ ‘A’ team of Kanigowski, Robertson, Erica Knudsen, and Mikaela Fuller closed it with a fourth place swim of 1:44.18 in the 200 free relay.
“We had some good swims, and our last relay was really exciting for us. I’m still trying to weigh who’s going to be on our 200 free relay team because we have so many good swimmers, but I liked what I saw today,” said head coach Tim Kyle. “I thought we swam fine today. We could have scored a little more points, but I didn’t have our distance swimmers swim in the distance events. I felt like at this stage of the season, with so many meets left, it’d be a good thing to have them swim in some of the sprint events.”
In the 200 free Fuller swam a season-best 2:00.47 to take fourth place, while Victoria Hodge took eighth with a time of 2:01.71. Fuller also took sixth in the 50 free, with a mark of 26.28, and a trio of Cougars took spots 9-11 as Taylor Rogers (26.73), Hodge (26.81), and Jazminne Robles (27.36) all finished within a second of each other.
Robertson touched sixth in the 50 back (30.06), two spots ahead of Malerie Morgan (30.83), who was followed by Mooers (31.05), Lauren Turner (31.38), and Anna Eckberg (32.06). Robertson also earned in sixth in the 100 back with a swim of 1:04.99 as the Cougars top-finisher. Eckberg posted a season-best in the race, reaching at (1:05.80) to claim eighth, while Morgan and Mooers rounded out the top-10 with respective times of 1:06.25 and 1:06.43.
Hagen had her first of two fourth place swims in the 50 breast, when she recorded a season-best 32.40. Corine Vierra took eighth, touching at 34.27, while Haley Stevens (34.49) and Simone Garcia (34.63) finished ninth and 10th. In the 100 breast Hagen posted a mark of 1:10.07, touching ahead of Vierra (ninth) at 1:14.84 and Stevens (10th) 1:14.92.
In the 100 fly Kanigowski placed 10th, touching at 1:01.57, while Kaitlyn Lee swam a 13th place time of 1:03.63. Kanigowski had a team-best 56.46 in the 100 free and Alyssa Hickman took sixth at 57.78. Hickman followed that swim up to post her best time of the year in the 500 free, placing eighth at 5:39.33.
Lee was Azusa Pacific’s fastest swimmer in the 50 fly, being the first in a run of three Cougars to reach the wall; posting a time of 29.00 (eighth), just before Knudsen (29.37) and Robles (29.69) touched. Garcia and Turner each nabbed top-10 times in the 400 IM, with Garcia taking eighth (4:51.52) and Turner earning 10th (5:01.33).
Returning All-American Kassi Duncan returned from injury to register a 184.5 in the 1-meter board. Last week’s hero, Bridget Rossi scored a 170.55 in the 1-meter board (eighth place), and later took eighth with a 142.70 in the 3-meter board.
On Saturday Azusa Pacific returns for day two of the Shootout, where host school Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will look to hold onto its day one lead.