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HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Cougars were handed their first loss in a dual this season by Cal State East Bay, falling 169-105 Saturday morning. Freshman Mikaela Fuller was the only Cougar to take first place in an individual event, winning the 500 and 1000 free in the Cougars’ last chance to get in the pool before the PCSC Time Trials next Saturday in Malibu.
Fuller finished the 500 free just 1.02 seconds behind her personal best with a mark of 5:17.10, and finished the 1000 free at 10:55.11. Fuller was also part of the 200 free relay that took first place with a time of 1:42.83 in the final event of the meet. Angela Kanigowski, Erica Knudsen, and Quinn Robertson were the other three members of the relay.
Robertson competed in two other events in the meet, finishing in second and third in the 50 and 100 free events respectively. In the 100 free Robertson was just 0.20 seconds away from resetting her top time of the season (55.01).
The Cougars set the team’s season-record against the Pioneers in the 200 medley relay, after Robertson, Cameron Hagen, Kanigowski, and Knudsen combined for a 1:53.96 finish, which was more than a second faster than the Cougars’ previous best.
In the second race of the meet, both Victoria Hodge and Haley Stevens set season records finishing with times of 11:10.90 and 11:51.98 respectively. Hodge also took third place in the 500 free (5:29.68).
Freshman Anna Eckberg took second place in the 100 back, while Lauren Turner took fifth place with a season best time of 1:07.44. Turner also finished the 400 IM in under five minutes for the first time this year (4:59.19).
The Pioneers took both of the top two spots in eight of the 16 events of the meet, dominating in the butterfly and breaststroke.
The Cougars now have one week to prepare for the PCSC Time Trials in Malibu, setting up Azusa Pacific’s season finale at the PCSC Championships on February 13-16.