SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-- Prior to day two of the Mustang Shootout, Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving head coach Tim Kyle told his girls just how close they were to Pepperdine, encouraging them to seize the opportunity to not only beat a PCSC opponent, but defeat an NCAA Division I team.
On Saturday the Cougars did just that, outscoring the Waves by 10 points to finish in second place with 459 points in the two-day meet at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
“I had a talk with the girls about how close we were. I motivated them and they responded. It showed, they fought hard all day and came out on top,” said Kyle. “I think it’s a preview of what we can expect this year. Even if we aren’t swimming personal bests right now, we’re progressing towards even better personal bests than we’ve had in the past. It’s a great outlook for our season.”
Sydney Bello continued her strong weekend, posting one of three second place finishes on the afternoon for the Cougars, posting an 11:05.73 mark in the 1000 free. Tink Gibb and Mikaela Fuller also registered second place swims.
“Sydney had a great weekend. She had some really good times. Overall this weekend we did well as a team. We had a lot of balance with our scoring, and our diving was a big part of how we performed today, and that’s always a good thing for how we want to do this season.”
Gibb took second in the 200 free, and later registered a 54.88 in the 100 free to place third. Fuller swam a second place time (5:27.24) in the 500 free, and earned 11th in the 50 free with a mark of 27.37.
Robyn Dozier scored 174.75 in the 3-meter board, and took sixth in the 1-meter board with a 165.60, giving Azusa Pacific 29 points in the two events. April Fautsch tallied 172.87 in the 3-meter board (fourth place; 15 points), and 168.25 in the 1-meter board (fifth; 14 points).
In the 200 free Erica Knudsen placed fifth behind Gibb, touching at 2:02.44, and also nabbed a seventh place swim in the 50 free with a team-best 26.27. Lauren Turner also turned in a top-10 time in the 50 free, clocking in with a 26.77, while Fuller (27.37) and Ingrid Cardenas (27.44) took 11th and 12th respectively.
Cardenas also posted a team-best in the 200 IM, earning sixth (2:18.70), with Rachel Allison touching at 2:21.83 to take seventh.
Heidi Zuniga paced the Cougars in the 200 fly with a time of 2:13.20, with Sydney Escalante grabbing sixth at 2:20.98. Zuniga also tabbed a mark of 5:35.61 in the 500 free, finishing in fifth.