Biola’s swim and dive head up north to compete

The Eagles gain multiple Top 3 finishes over two days of competition.

Natalie Hernandez, Sports Editor

Women’s and men’s swim and dive headed up north to compete in the Slug Shootout in Santa Cruz, California on Oct. 29 and the Bay Area Invite in Oakland, California on Oct. 30. 

SLUG SHOOTOUT

On Oct. 29 the men competed in the 200-yard medley relay, where Biola came in third place. Redshirt sophomore Tanner Smith, freshman Jacob Haaksma, redshirt sophomore Dylan Pon and redshirt freshman Jake Michelson had a finishing time of 1:38.06, putting 32 points on the board for the Eagles. 

The men’s success continued over the course of the competition as freshman Don Onu placed second in the men’s 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing at 10:11.16. Smith dominated in the men’s 100-yard freestyle coming in first place with a finishing time of 48.04 seconds. 

The women added to the Eagles success as redshirt sophomore Kolya Vos placed first in the women’s 100-yard backstroke finishing at 1:00.28 and third for the women’s 50-yard freestyle. Redshirt freshman Eliana Cote placed second for the women’s one-meter dive. Redshirt freshman Grace Kling added to the board as she came in first place for the women’s 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:08.31.

The Eagles had a total of 15 Top 3 finishes as individuals and in some relays. The women placed third with 419 points, while the men placed second with 488 points at the Slug Shootout.

BAY AREA INVITE

At the Bay Area Invite the women competed against six other teams, while the men faced off against three opponents. The Eagles had one first place finish which was gained by freshman Morgan Kampfer in the women’s 200-yard butterfly, as she had a finishing time of 2:12.07 and put 20 points on the board for Biola.

The women saw Top 3 finishes in five events. Vos placed second with a finishing time of 59.01 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Kampfer, redshirt sophomore Audrey Vermeulen, redshirt junior Kasidee Pascoe and freshman Sofia Chavez-Varela placed third for the women’s 800-yard freestyle relay. The women ultimately gained 416 points and came in fourth place.

The men were extremely successful gaining Top 3 finishes in nine events. Biola came in second place for the men’s 400-yard medley relay as Smith, Michelson, Pon and redshirt freshman Noah Benson had a finishing time of 3:37.47. Redshirt sophomore Gabriel Weber placed second in the men’s 1,650-yard freestyle, gaining 17 points for the Eagles. The men ultimately placed second overall in the meet, having a total of 662 points. 

Men and women’s swim and dive will compete in the Redlands La Verne Tri-Meet in Redlands, California on Nov. 6. Results from today’s meet are located on the Biola Athletics website.

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