LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Azusa Pacific Women’s Swimming and Diving traveled to Loyola Marymount on Saturday for the final team tune-up before the PCSC Championships (February 16-19). The Cougars swam most of the way out of the events, but were trailed by Riley Smith, Emily Rigsbyand Amanda Anderson each of which won first place in an event.
“Today was a good tune-up for the conference,” the head coach said. Tim Kyle mentioned. “The team swam mostly out of the races and the short sprint events that we won’t be competing in the conference. I think we’re well positioned heading into the PCSC Championships.”
How did it happen: The day started with the 200 medley relay which saw the Cougars take second and third place as Anderson and Delanie Gearing led the way in a close stint that ended in the final two lengths.
Anderson swam the 100m backstroke, a standout event for her, and finished second with a time of 1:01.66 before Smith made up for the 50 and 100m freestyle with times of 25.07 and 54.47 respectively.
In the 50m breaststroke, Holly Williams and Paige Coligan took second and third place to pick up points for the Cougars. Then Anderson won her first event of the day with a time of 58.78 in the 100 butterfly.
The Cougars dominated the 100 IM and took the top three spots in the race which included Rigsby (1:04.02), Gearing (1:04.28) and Hannah Swails (1:04.54). Finally, Azusa Pacific finished second in the final event which was the 200 freestyle relay, a race that was decided by less than a second. Rigsby and Anderson gave Azusa Pacific the lead in the second and third runs of the relay, but Tessie Scavone was just pushed up against the wall. The final score of the game was in favor of Loyola Marymount, 116-82.
Following: The Cougars will travel to St. George, Utah, where the PCSC Championships will be hosted by Dixie State from Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 19. Stay up to date with match details at APUCougars.com.