SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team held its own against a pair of NCAA Division I programs on day one of the Mustang Shootout at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, registering 13 top-5 marks on Friday afternoon. The Cougars tallied 556 points in 16 events, trailing Pepperdine by just 68 points, while host Cal Poly heads into Saturday with a first place score of 1,107.
“We did well today. Our best swim was Sydney Bello’s in the 400 IM. She put up a really good time for where we’re at in the year. I also thought Erica Knudsen swam well today. We’re going against Division I teams , and it’s tough like we expected. Cal Poly is really strong, but we’re hanging with Pepperdine. I feel good going into day two and we’ll see what the girls have in store. I think they’re ready and motivated to do well,” said head coach Tim Kyle.
Bello recorded Azusa Pacific’s top finish, posting a third place time of 4:46.17 in the 400 IM. The rookie also nabbed a fifth place mark of 2:01.18 in the 200 free, and took eighth in the 100 fly (1:02.03).
Knudsen notched a fourth place swim in the 100 free (55.27), and touched seventh in the 50 free with a time of 25.53.
Senior sprinter Tink Gibb tabbed a fourth place swim in the 100 fly, touching at 1:00.12, while freshman Heidi Zuniga placed fifth at 1:01.38. Gibb also took seventh in the 50 fly, clocking in at 27.58 before swimming on the Cougars’ fifth place ‘A’ relay team in the 200 medley relay (1:55.46).
Brooke Miller tied for fourth in the 100 back with Cal Poly’s Jessi Modlich, posting a mark of 1:03.41. Miller then grabbed sixth in the 400 IM (4:55.27) and 12th in the 100 fly (1:04.11). Ingrid Cardenas took home three fifth place finishes, swimming a time of 33.09 in the 50 back, and 5:34.62 in the 500 free while swimming on the Cougars’ 200 medley relay team (1:55.46) with Miller, Gibb, and Knudsen.
Rachel Allison recorded her best swim of the afternoon in the 100 breast, pacing all Cougars with a 1:12.66, while taking ninth in the 50 back (34.23).
Robyn Dozier scored 27 points for Azusa Pacific in the diving events, placing fifth in the 3-meter board (174.90), and sixth in the 1-meter board (150.75). April Fautsch placed fifth in the 1-meter, tallying 153.75 points, and later earned eighth in the 3-meter (141.45).