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Sydney Bello broke the Azusa Pacific record in the 1,000 free, finishing in seventh place with a 10:41.08.

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February 12, 2014
Chris Baker


LA MIRADA, Calif.-- They certainly know how to make an entrance. On day one of the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference championships the Azusa Pacific swimming and diving team broke five program records and finished in the top-eight in each of the four events to close day one in fourth place in the 11- team championship meet.

The Cougars set a new standard in each of their swimming events, while April Fautsch logged a third place finish in the 3-meter board with a score of 215.10. Each of Azusa Pacific’s freshmen competing on day one broke a Cougar-record in their swims, while two seniors (Fautsch and Tink Gibb) helped the team to top-three finishes in a day that not only showcased the program’s bright future, but strong core of upperclassmen.

Sophomore distance swimmer Mikaela Fuller got things started with a program-record 10:42.75 in heat one of the 1,000 free finals, and less than an hour later her teammate Sydney Bello topped it with a 10:41.08 in heat two. Bello and Fuller finished in seventh and eighth respectively, giving Fuller a top-eight finish in her second consecutive PCSC championship meet.

In Azusa Pacific’s next event freshman Brooke Miller bested Malerie Lindsey’s record time in the 50 back with a 28.66 split in the 200 medley relay. She, along with Ingrid Cardenas, Heidi Zuniga, and Tink Gibb posted an eighth place time of 1:51.06.

In the final event of the night the Cougars broke two records, with Gibb, Bello, Zuniga, and Cardenas setting a program-best mark of 7:42.57 in the 800 free relay to place third. Gibb’s 200 free split of 1:52.88 broke Quinn Robertson’s record time of 1:53.60 to give the senior her second individual program record (100 free).

With 170 points, Azusa Pacific sits behind UC San Diego (253), Pepperdine (175), and Alaska-Fairbanks (172) after one full day of competition. The Cougars will return for day two of the four-day meet on Thursday , where they’ll compete in the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free finals at Splash Aquatic Center in La Mirada.