The meet they were waiting for

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Freshman multi-event swimmer Heidi Zuniga contributed to shattering the program’s 200 medley record on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Cougars stand in fifth place after the first two days of the championship meet.
Courtesy: Chris Baker

Azusa Pacific’s swimming and diving team prepared all year for the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference championships and so far, their preparation is paying off. The Cougars broke five program records on day one and broke another program record on day two. They currently stand at fifth place in the 11-team championship meet.

The Cougars began the record-shattering day with sophomore distance swimmer Mikaela Fuller’s program-record 10:42.75 time in the 1,000 finals. Freshman freestyle/distance swimmer Sydney Bello upped her teammate’s record-breaking performance with a 10:41.08 time in the second heat. Bello finished in seventh and Fuller finished in eighth.

Freshman fly swimmer Brooke Miller set a program record in the 50 back with a 28.66 time. Miller, junior multi-event swimmer Ingrid Cardenas, freshman multi-event swimmer Heidi Zuniga and senior sprinter Tink Gibb landed an eighth place finish and collaborated for a school-record 1:51.06 time in the 200 medley.

The Cougars ended the night with two record-breaking performances. Gibb, Bello, Zuniga and Cardenas finished with a program-record 7:42.57 time in the 800 free relay and Gibb set the school record in the 200 free with a 1:52.88 time. Gibb now holds the school records for the 100 and 200 free events.

After day one, the Cougars sat in fourth place behind UC San Diego, Pepperdine and Alaska Fairbanks.

Another Cougars record-breaking performance came in day two of the PCSC championships. Cardenas swam a program-record 2:07.62 time in the 200 individual medley finals to win her heat and finished in ninth place. Freshman fly swimmer Maureen Wolff and freshman breast/IM swimmer Rachel Allison also qualified for the finals. Wolff finished 22nd with a 2:15.51 time and Allison finished 24th with a 2:16.49 time.

Other top performers for day two of the PCSC championships included Gibb’s season-best time of 24.35 in the 50 free. She finished in ninth place. The team of Cardenas, Gibb, sophomore sprinter Erica Knudsen and senior sprinter Lolo Turner finished in fifth place in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:38.59.

The Cougars currently stand in fifth place after two days of the championship meet. The Cougars have 282 points, 47 behind fourth-place Pepperdine. UC San Diego is dominating in first place with a score of 627 points.