LA MIRADA, CA (05/27/2014)(readMedia)-- When your older sister is building a very good case to one day end up in the Biola Athletics Hall of Fame as the best swimmer ever to don a Speedo-emblazoned swimsuit for Biola, it can be a daunting task for a high school student to choose to follow in her footsteps, but Lisa Tixier plans to do just that.
Tixier will join her older sister, Christine Tixier, for one year together under Head Coach Eddie Shepard when she enters training this fall.
The younger Tixier boasts quite a resume herself, one that rivals her sister's when she first came to Biola, and it even includes some faster times.
"We are extremely excited to have Lisa joining us in the fall. She is an extremely talented swimmer and will bring a lot of depth to our program," said Shepard. "While she is a strong freestyle sprinter, she can perform well in a wide variety of events."
Proof of that versatility is Tixier's finishes at state-level competition this season. She placed fifth in Washington state in the 200-individual medley and fourth in the 100-freestyle. She competed in the same strokes but different events at the NASA Jr. National Cup and made it to the finals in two events while at the meet in Clearwater, Florida.
Tixier was made for the water, as she's swum competitively since just five-years-old. She swam three years of varsity for Hanford High School and competes at the club level for the Tri-City Channel Cats. She was named team MVP at Hanford HS this spring.
She plans to study graphic design and art when she enters the university this fall.