Tixier soars but Eagles slip

Strong individual performances are not enough to climb the leaderboard at La Verne.

Austin Green, Writer

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The Eagles jumped back into action on the second day of the La Verne Invitational at East Los Angeles College after a strong beginning on Dec. 2. However, their showing on day two proved unimpressive overall despite a few individual victories. The silver lining, several Eagles qualified for nationals despite coming up short of the victory in their races.

Unsurprisingly,  Lisa Tixier recorded the one Biola victory on day two. The junior’s time of 55.72 seconds powered her to first place in the women’s 100-yard butterfly. Tixier also anchored a relay team that included sophomore Rebecca Brandt and freshmen Emily Silzel and Bethany Harper in the 800-yard freestyle. The four-woman squad finished second to Cal State East Bay in the race.

The men also fared well in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as senior Tom Franicevich, junior Michael Severi, and freshmen Raymond Kam and Andrew Benson combined for a 7:13.25 time and a third-place finish. Severi also had the best individual race out of the Biola men, coming in second and qualifying for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championships with a 1:45.07 time in the 200-yard freestyle. Franicevich and Benson, who finished sixth and seventh, respectively, also made their cuts in the same event. Not to be outdone, Kam recorded the first qualifying times of his collegiate career in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly.

A weak overall performance, however, resulted in Biola suffering in the leaderboards. The women slipped one spot to fifth of nine and now hold a point total of 234.5. The men are sixth of seven with 281 points. The Eagles aim to finish strong in the third and final day of the Invitational on Dec. 4.