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January 12, 2013
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Chris Baker
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LA MIRADA, Calif.-- The last time the Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team face Biola, the Cougars squeaked past the Eagles in the final event. On Saturday Azusa Pacific controlled the dual meet from start to finish en route to a 134-65 victory in its first competition of 2013.

The Cougars won nine of 12 events on the day despite swimming in their first meet since the record-setting UNLV Invitational on Dec. 15-17. Quinn Robertson and Mikaela Fuller led the way with a pair of first place times apiece, with Robertson chipping in on the Cougars’ winning 200 free relay team.

Robertson touched at 25-flat in the 50 free for her first victory, winning by over three fourths of a second against Biola’s Angela Kirschner, who finished at 25.78. Erica Knudsen placed third with a mark of 26.48, while Jazminne Robles (27.31) and Kaitlyn Lee (27.35) grabbed seventh and eighth respectively.

Robertson notched her second win of the afternoon in the 100 free, again outpacing Kirschner. In the race Robertson touched the wall at 54.81 (season-best), easily beating Kirschner (56.38), with Alyssa Hickman rounding out the top-three with a 56.72 time. Knudsen placed fourth in the event, reaching the wall at 56.95.

Fuller earned Azusa Pacific’s first win when she highlighted a 1-2-3 Cougar finish in the 200 free. Fuller posted a time of 1:58.52 for her fastest mark of the year, while Angela Kanigowski took second (2:01.63), and Victoria Hodge nabbed third (2:01.79). In the 500 free Fuller paced the field, touching at 5:16.08 (season-best) to defeat Christine Tixier (5:18.78). Hodge recorded her second third place swim, registering a time of 5:32.42, while Anna Eckberg tabbed fifth with a mark of 5:38.47.

Bridget Rossi swept the diving events, winning the 3-meter board with a score of 151.90, and the 1-meter board with a total of 159.40. Cameron Hagen won the tightest race of the day, out-touching Tixier (1:10.25) by eight tenths of a second to claim first place in the 100 breast after posting a time of 1:10.17. Kanigowski took third place (1:10.77), while Haley Stevens grabbed fifth (1:14.90).

Simone Garcia crushed the competition in the 400 IM, winning by nearly 17 seconds after touching at 4:45.43 (season-best), while Lauren Turner earned runner-up with a time of 5:02.35. Karley LeQuia rounded out the top-four, posting a 5:38.50. Garcia was Azusa Pacific’s top-finisher in the 100 fly (third place; 1:01.63), leading a group of four Cougars. Lee placed fourth (1:03.80), followed by Madelyn Mooers (1:04.58) and Robles (1:07.01) who were fifth and sixth.

Malerie Morgan recorded a third-place swim in the 100 back (1:05.27), and she was followed by Mooers (1:06.89) and Turner (1:07.73). In the first relay Azusa Pacific finished in second place after Morgan, Hagen, Mooers, and Hickman combined for a time of 1:57.22 in the 200 medley relay. In the final event of the day the team of Kanigowski, Knudsen, Hickman, and Robertson took first place with a mark of 1:41.47.

Azusa Pacific will return to the pool next Saturday when it takes on Cal State East Bay in Hayward.