Men’s swimming places first in the Bay Area Invite

The women secure runner-up out of five respectable teams at Mills College.



Andi Basista, Sports Editor

The Eagles stepped into the pool on Saturday morning focused. The men brought home the first place title while the women earned second place at the Bay Area Invite hosted by Mills College in Oakland, California. Biola women finished the event with 40 points in the women’s 400 yard relay at a time of 4:03.48. The men also ended the 400 yard relay with 40 points but with a time of 3:38.42 and took first in the 800 yard freestyle at 7:14.69 as well.


Freshman Liza Parahnevich was the leader of the pack for the women. She took first in the women’s 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.11. Parahnevich also took third in the women’s 50 yard freestyle at a time of 25.22 and first in the women’s 200 yard backstroke. Teammate sophomore Nicole Chang followed in second behind Parahnevich, finishing at 1:01.15 in the 100 backstroke and second in the 200 backstroke at 2:12.85. Freshman Kolya Vos earned herself a fifth place title with a time of 1:02.32 in the individual backstroke. The women’s 100 yard breaststroke was dominated by Biola with freshman Anna Haaksma finishing in first at a time of 1:09.97. Sophomore Celine Dong took home third in the 100 breaststroke at 1:13.21.

Senior Raymond Kam was the leading force for the men, as he swam to first place in the men’s 100 breaststroke at 1:00.34. Kam took home first in the men’s 200 breaststroke as well at a time of 2:14.29. Freshman James Gamette ended in third, respectively, at a time of 1:02.04 in the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Tanner Smith finished the men’s 100 backstroke at a time of 56.24, good enough for a third place finish.

The women will take on Azusa Pacific University on Friday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the La Mirada Lansing Pool. The men will be back in the water on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. to compete in the Soka Invitational in Aliso Viejo, California.

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