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ALISON NIGUEL, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team continued its busy stretch on Saturday at the SOKA Invitational in Aliso Niguel and Bulldog Diving Invitational in Redlands. At SOKA the Cougars posted four first place finishes, and nine top-three times to close the day in second place in the four-team meet which included Occidental, Biola, and Soka.
Tink Gibb won two events on Saturday, while Ingrid Cardenas and Heidi Zuniga each registered first place finishes. Gibb touched first in the 100 free with a mark of 54.52, and later won the 100 fly, clocking in at 1:00.46. Erica Knudsen finished fourth in the 100 free (56.04), while Lauren Turner took eighth (57.87). In the 50 free Knudsen took second (25.33) and Turner placed eighth (26.95).
Cardenas won the 500 free with a time of 5:21.97, and later finished in fourth in the 100 breast (1:12.47). Zuniga gave Azusa Pacific four wins on Saturday when she posted a time of 2:15.13 in the 200 fly, and teammate Sydney Escalante had her best swim with a 2:22.75 to place third. Zuniga also took fourth in the 100 fly (1:02.31), and Sydney Bello grabbed fifth (1:03.79).
Mikaela Fuller had two top-five finishes, touching at 11:15.42 in the 1000 free (third), and 2:02.83 in the 200 free (fifth). Bello also nabbed a top-five time in the 1000 free, clocking in at 11:16.15 to earn fourth.
In the 200 breast Rachel Allison grabbed second place (2:32.61) and Danielle Alvarez took fourth (2:44.27). Brooke Miller placed fourth in the 200 IM, touching at 2:21.75.
In the 400 medley relay Azusa Pacific’s ‘A’ team was DQ’d, but the Cougars ‘B’ team of Kristen Beem, Madelyn Mooers, Allison, and Bello took second place with a time of 4:25.79.
At the Bulldog Invitational April Fautsch placed 19th in the 3-meter board with a score of 154.95, edging out teammate Robyn Dozier who tallied 154.80 points to take 20th. In the 1-meter board Dozier flipped the script, placing 21st with 156.50 points, while Fautsch took 22nd (153.70).
Azusa Pacific will continue its busy schedule next weekend when it travels to Fresno Pacific for a weekend meet.