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Malerie Morgan posted the meet's top time in the 100 back, recording a mark of 1:05.93.

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Published
January 26, 2013
By
Chris Baker
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MALIBU, Calif.-- In its final regular season meet of the season the Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team recorded nine first place swims at the non-scored Pacific Coast Swimming & Diving Conference time trials. The Cougars, competing with Pepperdine and Soka, had three swimmers touch first in two events apiece, with Quinn Robertson, Mikaela Fuller, and Simone Garcia each tabbing top marks in preparation for the PCSC championship meet in early February.

Azusa Pacific had two swimmers post season bests on the day as Robertson reached the wall first in the 100 free with a mark of 54.00, while Lauren Turner tabbed a season-best 4:59.11 as she touched first in the 400 IM. Robertson finished in the top three in all three of her heats on Saturday, topping the field in the 200 free (1:59.19), 100 free, and touching third in the 50 free (25.57). Turner complemented her top-time in the 400 IM with a mark of 2:23.09 in the 200 IM before posting a 59.28 in the 100 free.

Garcia was the fastest swimmer in both the 200 breast and 200 IM, finishing at 2:18.41 in the medley and touching at 2:31.61 in the 200 breast. The senior also recorded the fourth best mark in the 100 fly, registering a 1:02.93. Fuller swam in just two races, albeit the longest ones, topping the seven swimmer field in the 500 free (5:18.84), and pacing the 1650 free, clocking in at 18:19.46.

Malerie Morgan and Anna Eckberg went 1-2 in the 100 back after Morgan reached the wall at 1:05.93 and Eckberg finished with a 1:05.96. Kristen Fredricks was the fourth fastest swimmer (1:08.71), and Stacy Lee rounded out the top-5 at 1:10.53. Earlier in the day Morgan secured fifth in the 200 IM (2:24.49). Eckberg topped the 200 back field after finishing at 2:19.68 and placed fourth in the 500 free (5:36.15). Victoria Hodge snared third place in the 500 free, and touched second in the 200 free (2:03.43) and 1650 free (19:17.36).

Cameron Hagen was the second fastest swimmer in each of the breast events, registering a mark of 2:36.05 in the 200 and 1:10.92 in the 100. Corrine Vierra placed third in the 200 breast (2:49.00). Kaitlyn Lee was Azusa Pacific’s top swimmer in the 200 fly, posting a 2:28.93, while Madelyn Mooers’s time of 2:40.26 was good for fourth.

Bridget Rossi took third place in the 1-meter board, scoring 162.90, before again grabbing third in the 3-meter board (163.35). Haley Stevens recorded the third fastest mark in the 1650 free (19:49.73), and took fourth in the 100 breast (1:14.95).

The Cougars will close the season at the PCSC championships at Splash Aquatic Center in La Mirada on Feb. 13-16.