Women’s swim team makes a splash at the Malibu Invitational

The women’s swim team made a great showing at this year’s Malibu Invitational, a two-day, seven-team meet.

Overall, they clocked in with 13 finishes in the top-10 standings and placed well in all strokes and events.

In butterfly, sophomore applied health major Madelyn Mooers, swimming in her second meet for the Cougars, placed fifth in the 100-fly with a time of 1:01.68. She clocked in just ahead of senior business administration major Simone Garcia who had a time of 1:01.8.

Mooers also placed 10th in the 50-fly with a 28:10. Sophomore history major Kaitlyn Lee took ninth in the 200-fly with a 2:22.09 as well as 14th in the 50-fly, clocking in at 28.46.

Those swimming backstroke swam strongly at the invitational. Mooers had a time of 2:20.68 in the 200-back and placed 15th.

Senior political science major Malerie Morgan placed in the top-10 standing for both of her events. Morgan took seventh place in the 200-backstroke and eighth place in the 100-backstroke with a 1:04.09. Her times were the teams best for those events.

The 100-backstroke was an event swam by many of the Cougars. Freshman applied exercise science major Anna Eckberg placed 12th in the 100-backstroke and finished with a time of 1:06.81, while junior liberal arts major Kristen Fredricks touched the wall at 1:09.43 to place 16th. Fredricks just out-touched sophomore applied health major Stacy Lee who took 17th with 1:09.88. Freshman nursing major Karley Lequia placed 20th in the same event with a time of 1:12.57.

Several Cougars took part in the breaststroke events at the invitational including junior political science major Cameron Hagen, who ranked fifth place in the 50-breaststroke with a 32.61. Hagen finished in the top 10 in each of her three events. She took ninth in the 200-breaststroke (2:32.58) as well as ninth in the 100-breaststroke (1:10.54). Hagen continued to swim strongly and won fifth place in the 50-breaststroke.

Junior Angela Kanigowski nabbed seventh in the 100-breaststroke, touching the wall at 1:09.98 after taking 13th in the 200-freestyle (2:01.78). Garcia took seventh in the 200-breaststroke with a 2:31.56.

In freestyle, freshman journalism major Erica Knudsen took 16th place in the 100-freestyle with a 56:88 and junior applied health major Lauren Turner took 19th with her time of 57:34.

Two powerful swimmers represented APU in the 200 Individual Medley. Kanigowski swam a fourth place swim with her time of 2:16.59 and Garcia took seventh in the event with a 2:18:33.

Senior liberal studies major Victoria “Tink” Gibb swam unattached and clocked in with three top-five times. Gibb took third in the 100-freestyle with a time of 54.30; she placed fourth in the 50-fly with a 27.43, and was ranked fifth in the 200-freestyle with her time just shy of two minutes (1:59.33).

The Cougars will swim against Biola on Saturday, Nov. 3, in their first dual meet of the 2012-2013 swim season.