Win falls just out of reach for Swim at APU

The Eagles suffered a close Cornerstone loss.

Ashley Grams, Freelance Writer

Women’s swim and dive traveled to Azusa Pacific University looking to improve after 2017’s deep-cutting defeat. The Eagles pushed hard but fell five points short at the end of the meet. Several athletes led Biola, including junior Rachel Stinchcomb who earned a personal best time in the 200 fly.

The Eagles started out strong in the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, with separate relay teams finishing first and second. Freshman Kasidee Pascoe out-touched APU by less than half a second, giving Biola an early lead of 15-2.

Biola struggled through the fourth event with Azusa claiming the first two spots in the 50-yard freestyle. In the next event, freshman Katelyn Harper stepped up and gave the Eagles their second individual win of the day with a final time of 4:45.85 in the 400-meter individual medley.

During the eighth event Nicole Chang added 9 points for Biola, winning the 200-yard backstroke. Chang was just three seconds short of Biola’s record and edged out Azusa by three tenths of a second. However, her win was not enough to carry the team to victory as APU took the last three events to win the meet 105-100.

After this tough Cornerstone Cup matchup, Biola will recuperate and be out at the pool again next Saturday on Nov 10 at the Soka Invitational in the Soka Aquatics Center in Aliso Viejo, California.

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