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SANTA CRUZ, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team won 11 of 13 events on Saturday, defeating UC Santa Cruz 152-84 to improve to 2-1 in duals this season. Senior Tink Gibb highlighted the meet, posting a pair of wins, while seven other Cougars tabbed individual victories in the team’s first day of competition since Nov. 23.
Gibb took first place in the 200 free, with a time of 2:00.11, before winning the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.34. Teammate Heidi Zuniga placed second in the 100 fly at 1:02.74, while Kaitlyn Lee rounded out the winner’s circle with a swim of 1:04.93.
Sydney Bello won the first individual race of the day, edging out UCSC’s Josanne VanDerWilk (11:06.80) by less than three seconds with a time of 11:04.46. Mikaela Fuller earned third place in the race, touching at 11:30.36.
Sophomore Erica Knudsen had two top-two swims on Saturday, winning the 50 free (25.56), and placing second in the 100 free (55.97) behind teammate Ingrid Cardenas (55.31). Lauren Turner finished in second place in the 50 free with a time of 26.93.
April Fautsch and Robyn Dozier traded wins in the diving events. Fautsch scored 180.80 win the 1-meter (first place) and Dozier tallied 175.50 to give the Cougars the top-two spots. In the 3-meter board Dozier recorded 200.26 points to finish first, while Fautsch took second place at 174.60.
Rachel Allison won the 100 breast with a time of 1:12.22, out-touching Santa Cruz’s Krystal Ferri, who finished at 1:12.66. Anna Eckberg and Brooke Miller posted a 1-2 Cougar finish in the 100 back, with Eckberg winning with a time of 1:06.31, while Miller clocked in at 1:07.08.
In the 500 free Fuller gave Azusa Pacific its top time, recording a 5:34.37 time (second place), while Maureen Wolff finished in fourth at 5:50.17. Sydney Escalante took second place in the 400 IM (4:59.13) behind UCSC’s Ferri (4:53.30).
Azusa Pacific won both relay events, posting a meet-opening victory in the 200 medley relay behind Turner, Miller, Zuniga, and Allison’s time of 1:58.91. The Cougars then closed out the day with a first place swim from the team of Gibb, Bello, Cardenas, and Knudsen in the 400 free relay (3:52.62).
Azusa Pacific will return to action next weekend when it competes in the Winter Invitational in Commerce.