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Published
December 15, 2012
By
Chris Baker

LAS VEGAS, Nev.-- After nearly a month off the Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team ended its swimming vacation and returned to the competition pool for the loaded UNLV Winter Invitational featuring the three NCAA Division I programs among the nine-team field. The Cougars swam in six events, and qualified for the finals in five of them while registering 11 season-best times.

Azusa Pacific opened the day with a ninth place swim of 1:38.49 (season-best) in the 200 free relay from Erica Knudsen, Taylor Rogers, Angela Kanigowski, and Quinn Robertson.

Victoria Hodge was the Cougars’ top finisher in the 500 free, posting a time 5:20.74 for her top time of the season to place 29th. Mikaela Fuller took 30th with a mark of 5:20.95, while Anna Eckberg touched 37th at 5:34.08 for her best mark of the year.

Robertson nabbed 24th in the 50 free, posting a 24.96 after tabbing a season-best 24.72 in the prelims. Knudsen and Alyssa Hickman swam season-bests in the prelims, notching marks of 25.06 and 25.17 respectively. In the 200 IM Simone Garcia tallied her fastest swim of the season, touching at 2:15.29, while Lauren Turner had a mark of 2:20.45. Madelyn Mooers (2:21.86) Karley LeQuia (2:35.89), and Kaitlyn Lee (2:27.25) each registered season bests.

Azusa Pacific closed with a 10th place finish in the 400 IM relay behind swims from Malerie Morgan, Cameron Hagen, Mooers, and Roberston to post a season-best 3:59.83. The Cougars finished day one in sixth place (32 points), while New Mexico posted the day’s top score with 377 points. Azusa Pacific returns to the pool on Monday, where they’ll compete in six more events.

For complete meet results Click Here.