AZUSA, Calif.-- In its first competition of the new year, the Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team picked up eight top-three finishes in a pair of losses against Biola and Cal State East Bay on Saturday in La Mirada. April Fautsch and Robyn Dozier secured the Cougars’ two wins of the day, sweeping the diving events, while freshman distance swimmer Sydney Bello recorded a pair of third place finishes.
Azusa Pacific’s divers recorded four of the team’s eight top-three finishes with Fautsch giving the team its first victory of the day when she tallied 189.52 points in the 1-meter board to edge out Dozier, who placed second with a score of 179.32. Dozier later gave Azusa Pacific diving a clean sweep in the 3-meter, tabbing 189.90 points, while Fautsch placed third with 177.75 points.
Bello registered a third place swim in the 1650 free, touching at 18:48.50 before posting a 5:27.84 in the 500 free, also good for third place. Mikaela Fuller took fourth place in each of the distance events, clocking in at 18:54.41 in the 1650 and at 5:32.34 in the 500 free.
Senior sprinter Tink Gibb posted Azusa Pacific’s top swim, finishing with a second place time of 1:57.00 in the 200 free, while Heidi Zuniga placed fifth (2:04.02) and Lauren Turner took sixth (2:10.58). Gibb later touched fourth in the 100 breast, registering a mark of 1:14.61 with teammate Rachel Allison tabbing a fifth place swim of 1:14.69. Allison also took a team-best fourth place in the 200 breast (2:43.11).
Sydney Escalante had two top-six times on Saturday, placing third in the 200 fly (2:23.09) and sixth in the 200 back (2:30.15). Maureen Wolff placed fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:27.30.
In the 100 free Ingrid Cardenas gave the Cougars a fourth place score, touching at 55.38, and Zuniga followed that up with a team-best 1:03.57 (fourth) in the 100 fly. Erica Knudsen and Kristen Beem each posted sixth place finishes, with Beem tabbing a 1:09.49 in the 100 back and Knudsen recording a 26.22 in the 50 free.
In the opening swim of the day Zuniga, Allison, Knudsen, and Brooke Miller combined for a fourth place time of 2:01.47 in the 200 medley relay.