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LA MIRADA, Calif.-- After a lengthy regular season, which began back in October, the Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team began its final meet of the year on Wednesday for day one of the Pacific Coast Swimming & Diving Conference championships. The Cougars recorded a pair of season-bests in the three events, finishing eighth in each one against a 13-school field that comprised of programs from all three levels of the NCAA and NAIA.
Kassi Duncan, who was the Cougars’ lone All-American in 2012, kicked off the meet in the 3-meter board, taking eighth place with a score of 183.85, despite competing through injury. Bridget Rossi took 10th place earlier in the day, tallying 172.10 points.
In the 200 medley relay Azusa Pacific’s ‘A’ team of Ingrid Cardenas, Cameron Hagen, Quinn Robertson, and Erica Knudsen tabbed eighth place with a mark of 1:50.23 to beat the team’s season-best by over 3.5 seconds. The Cougars’ ‘B’ squad of Lauren Turner, Madelyn Mooers, Malerie Morgan, and Corrine Vierra placed 20th in the event, touching at 1:56.59.
Azusa Pacific scored 124.5 points on the day, good for fourth place after three events. UC San Diego paces the field with 195 points, with Pepperdine (155) and Fresno Pacific (152) holding on to second and third respectively. Azusa Pacific will return to the pool tomorrow to compete in five events on day two of the championships, where the Cougars will swim in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay, and 1-meter board.