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Sydney Bello broke her second Azusa Pacific record on Friday at the PCSC championships.

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February 14, 2014
Chris Baker


LA MIRADA, Calif.-- On day three of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference championships the Azusa Pacific women’s swimming and diving team broke its sixth and seventh program-record of the meet, getting three top-10 finishes in the 11-team championship meet. Syndey Bello and Tink Gibb each grabbed their second individual Cougar records on Friday, with Bello tabbing her second record-breaking swim of the week.

Bello, who set the program standard in the 1,000 free on Tuesday, posted another Cougar record in her first season with the program, with the Woodcreek High School product swimming a 4:34.85 in the 400 IM (fourth place). Fellow freshman Brooke Miller clocked in at 4:38.04 to place sixth, while Lauren Turner posted an 11th place swim of 4:49.52 to round out the Cougars’ finals qualifiers.

Gibb took seventh place in the 100 fly, breaking the Azusa Pacific record in the 50 fly with a 26.26 split to touch at 56.79. Madelyn Mooers landed in 11th with a time of 59.37, while Kaitlyn Lee (1:00.07) placed 15th, with Heidi Zuniga (59.46) and Maureen Wolff (1:02.07) placing 17th and 24th respectively.

In the next event Zuniga posted her second straight top-20 finish, clocking in at 1:55.89 in the 200 free to place 12th, while Erica Knudsen touched at 1:59.94 to earn 20th.

Rachel Allison led all Azusa Pacific swimmers in the 100 breast, posting a time of 1:08.60 to take 12th place, and Corine Vierra earned 19th with a mark of 1:12.89.

Ingrid Cardenas, who set a record in the 200 IM on Thursday, came within 15 tenths of a second of Kaylen Hewko’s Cougar record of 58.51 in the 100 back, posting a time of 58.66 to place eighth. Miller earned 13th with a 1:00.54, while Mooers (1:02.85), Kristen Beem (1:05.56), and Vierra (1:09.82) took 21st, 23rd, and 24th respectively.

After three days the Cougars sit in fifth place with 521 points, 26 back of fourth place Pepperdine. UC San Diego has a stranglehold on first place with 1,047 points, well ahead of second place Cal State East Bay (721).