Indoor Track And Field
The women’s indoor track and field team notched its sixth consecutive Top 10 finish at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.
The women’s team finished in 10th place and rewrote the Biola track and field record books.
Overall, Biola’s fantastic runs and jumps resulted in nine different All-American honors. One of those nine honors came on the men’s side, as Danny Ledesma notched Biola’s first-ever All-American honor in the 3,000-meter run. Ledesma was the only Biola male to qualify as an individual, and he, Shane Brinson, Kevin Horchler, James McCahon and Marc Opena qualified as a relay team.
Both the men and women’s programs continued their season with outdoor track and field competition in the spring, which had not finished by press time. The women’s team is the defending Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) champion.
Swimming And Diving
Both of Biola’s swimming and diving squads put up impressive performances at the NAIA Swimming and Diving Championships to wrap up a solid season in March.
Junior Christine Tixier swam right past the competition at the national meet to earn three individual national championships — the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley — and win the title of NAIA Women’s Swimmer of the Year. She was a part of 10 school-record-breaking swims at the meet and broke her own NAIA record in the 100-yard butterfly.
The entire Eagles team swam well at the meet, breaking 14 school records en route to the women’s seventh place finish and the men’s 11th place mark.
Men’s basketball had a competitive season that revolved around the scoring of four of its most talented players. The Eagles were in second place late into the GSAC season when an injury caused them to stumble a bit and eventually finish in a tie for fourth place in the conference. The team was able to host a GSAC tournament first round game as the fourth seed, but was upended to see its season end at 16–15 overall.
The Eagles have now had seven consecutive winning seasons, dating back to the 2007–08 season. They’ve had 18 winning seasons out of the last 19 years.
Senior Andre Murillo was an All-GSAC athlete and NAIA All-American honorable mention. He also became Biola men’s basketball’s first-ever Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American.
The women’s basketball season was all about overcoming adversity to achieve success and growth on the court. The team began the season with a difficult 10-game losing streak that set a tough tone for what looked to be a promising season for a young, developing team. Head Coach Bethany Miller would not give up during that tough stretch and ultimately helped her team win 12 of its final 20 regular season games en route to a fifth place finish in the GSAC.
Biola got knocked out of the GSAC tournament by No. 17 Hope International and ultimately ended the season with a 12–19 overall record.
Adijat Adams was named to the All-GSAC team and became an NAIA All-American second team athlete.