Brea Olinda’s Liza Parahnevich Set to Swim for Division II’s Biola

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Brea, California, native Liza Parahnevich is heading just 10 miles down the road to La Mirada, to continue her swimming career at Division II’s Biola University beginning this fall.

“I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to swim and study for the next four years at Biola University,” Parahnevich said. “The coaches and swimmers on the team made my college decision super easy. I believe that I will be able to thrive in Biola’s atmosphere and I can not wait to start in the fall!”

Parahnevich qualified for the California CIF State Championships in the 200 IM, finishing 29th (2:06.88) in May. She was eighth in the event at the California CIF Southern Division I Sectional meet, while also placing 17th in the 500 free. Parahnevich set the Brea Olinda High School record in the 50 free (24.22r) and 200 IM (2:05.94) during her senior season.

In 2018, Parahnevich was part of Brea Olinda’s school record 200 free relay team (1:40.82). She placed 13th in the 200 IM (2:08.95) and 19th in the 100 back (58.97) at the CIF Southern Division 2 Sectional meet.

Parahnevich swam a school record 52.69 in the 100 free and also was part of Brea Olinda’s school record 200 medley relay (1:51.57) in 2017. She finished 10th in the 50 free and 12th in the 100 free at the CIF Southern Division 2 Sectional meet.

As a freshman in 2016, Parahnevich was 20th in the 100 breast (1:08.98) and 21st in the 200 IM (2:10.38) at the sectional meet.

Parahnevich qualified for the 2019 Futures meet in the 500 free (4:59.79), 200 back (2:03.47), 200 IM (2:05.94) and 400 IM (4:25.82).

Parahnevich swam club for the Elite Aquatics Sports Team.

Top Times

  • 500 Free – 4:59.79
  • 200 Back – 2:03.47
  • 200 IM – 2:05.94
  • 400 IM – 4:25.82

Parahnevich’s best 400 IM time would have won the conference title at the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships ahead of Azusa Pacific’s Abby Wiet (4:27.10). It would have earned her a 14th place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships.

Parahnevich’s top 500 free time would have ranked second at the PCSC meet, behind Fresno Pacific’s Luisa Roderweis. Biola’s top finisher in the event was freshman Kayelyn Harper (5:10.71).

Parahnevich’s best 200 IM time would have ranked third at the PCSC Championship behind Fresno Pacific’s Olga Tovstogan (2:02.73) and APU’s Abby Wiet (2:04.70). Biola’s top finisher in the event was freshman Faith McAllister (2:10.85).

Parahnevich’s best 200 back time would have led the Biola 2018-19 roster ahead of freshman Nicole Chang (11th, 2:07.43) and ranked fifth at the conference championships.

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