Marlena Lang // THE CHIMES (file)
At swim and dive’s last meet of the regular season, head coach Ryan Kauth and his team celebrated four graduating seniors: Bethany Harper, Kaylyn Schull, Raymond Kam and Andrew Benson. The Eagles came away with a 130-104 victory on the women’s side, but fell short to the Concordia men’s team, 126-101.
In the first event of the day, freshman Ashley Vitale claimed first place in the 1-meter with a score of 202.65. This was the only diving event BU took first in.
After diving, the team moved on to the swimming events, which were kicked off by the 400-yard medley relay. The men’s squads finished first and second in this event with times of 3:23.33 and 3:35.99. The ladies secured second place with a time of 4:00.24.
The Eagles went on to claim nine more first-place finishes on the men’s and women’s side combined.
“We had a couple performances that were really, really good. We had a couple performances that we think that we can grow from,” Kauth said. “I think that was to be expected.”
Freshman Liza Parahnevich secured two of the women’s wins with her 2:08.35 time on the 200-yard backstroke and her 2:09.93 on the 200-yard individual medley. Fellow freshmen Kolya Vos, Audrey Vermeulen and Anna Haaksma were all were able to grab first-place finishes in their events as well.
SENIORS SAY GOODBYE
In their last regular season meet, none of Biola’s outgoing seniors were able to snag any individual first-place finishes. However, that did not stop them from enjoying their night.
“It was definitely bittersweet. I’m excited for what I’ve accomplished and ready to be done, but also going to really miss the team and everything,” Harper said. “We are definitely sad, but we still got one more meet, so just looking forward to that.”
The Eagles will be back in the water on Feb. 12 at East Los Angeles College for day one of their postseason swim meet.