Swimming and diving takes first home meet over Biola

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Swim takes win in dual-meet against Biola at home Saturday.
Photo Credit: Kimberly Smith

Azusa Pacific swimming and diving posted seven first-place touches and top scoring dives in its 151-79 effort against Biola in Saturday’s dual meet.

Rosalee Mira Santa Ana finished first in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events, just missing her program-record of 10:18.41 in the 1000-yard race by .15 seconds, which the freshman set just two weeks before at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Senior Ingrid Cardenas took first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, while junior Erica Knudsen finished second in the 100-yard event, just .76 seconds after her teammate touched the wall. Knudsen also tabbed a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

“I think we did really well because we were in our own water,” Knudsen said. “It felt comfortable.”

Freshman Alyse Darnall recorded the top finish in the 100-yard backstroke event before joining Cardenas, Santa Ana and Knudsen in the relay team’s first-place time in the 200-yard freestyle.

“We were strong across the board. We had a lot of first-place finishes, and with that second- and third-place finishes too,” head coach Tim Kyle said. “Diving wasn’t onsite today, but they dove well for us.”

Freshmen divers Kianna Mourer and Hailey Viehmann represented APU on the board for the two events, which were held at Biola. Mourer posted top scores in the 1- and 3-meter diving events with scores of 213.60 and 230.25, respectively. Viehmann registered second-place scores in each event.

The pair will compete at the Trojan Diving Classic Nov. 7-8 at USC while their teammates head to the University of Redlands Nov. 8 for the Bulldog Pentathlon.