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LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific’s Tink Gibb missed the entire 2012-13 swimming and diving season (redshirt), but the senior quickly made up for lost time in the first meet of the 2013-14 campaign. The sprinter won the opening event of the PCSC Pentathlon, touching at 1:57.32 in the 200 free in the first of five top-five finishes to win the PCSC freestyle sprint pentathlon.
Gibb set a personal record in the 500 free (5:17.50) to take fifth. She also took third in the 25 free (11.64) and second in the 100 free (53.48) before closing out the afternoon with a fourth place swim of 25.17 in the 50 free on her first day of team competition since the 2012 NAIA national championships.
“She’s really focused this year to do very well. She has some serious goals that she wants to accomplish, and her training reflects that. Her 500 time was her personal record. It was good for her. All of her other times were awesome for the beginning of the season and where we’re at in training. It’s exciting, and she’s going to be a big part of what we accomplish this year,” said head coach Tim Kyle.
Gibb’s score of 82 points was the third highest among all women’s swimmers at the eight-school meet, which included programs from NCAA Divisions I and II and the NAIA.
Ingrid Cardenas tallied 30 points on the day, the second most among Cougar swimmers. The junior transfer from Nevada tabbed two eighth place finishes, touching at 33.69 in the 50 back, and 1:04.19 in the 100 IM. She also placed 12th in the 50 fly (28.01), 13th in the 50 back (30.34), and 18th in the 50 free (26.02).
Freshman Brooke Miller scored in two of her five swims, taking 10th in the 50 back with a time of 30.15 (seven points), and 14th in the 50 fly (28.15; 2.5 points). Sophomore Erica Knudsen posted a 12.14 in the 25 free (five points) and recorded a mark of 56.02 in the 100 free to snare an extra 2.5 points.
“The hardest part about this meet is that swimmers compete in events they don’t really train for. But this meet isn’t really about team scores, it’s about getting back to racing and getting a really good feel for completion. Both Ingrid and Erica swam well and they’re going to be two girls that we depend on all season . It’s a good meet because we can see where everyone’s at. I think we showed really well. We kept up with Loyola Marymount and California Baptist pretty well. We have a lot of young swimmers that we’re going to rely on this season,” said Kyle.
Sydney Bello nabbed a pair of 14th place finishes, touching at 2:02.27 in the 200 free and 5:26.93 in the 500 free for six points on the day. Rachael Allison placed 12th in the 100 breast (1:12.60; five points), while Lauren Turner and Corine Vierra each registered 15th place swims. Turner touched at 1:06.59 in the 100 IM, and Vierra clocked in at 35.44 in the 50 breast.
Heidi Zuniga rounded out Azusa Pacific’s scorers, grabbing a point with her 16th place swim in the 50 fly, notching a time of 28.16.
Azusa Pacific will return to competition in two weeks when it travels to the Malibu Invitational at Pepperdine on Oct. 25 and 26, kicking off a six-week, six-meet section of the schedule.