On January 4, Westmont swimmer Allison Gonzalez, the only senior on the Warrior’s inaugural team, earned the Chris Knorr Leadership Award, recognizing her commitment and leadership. The award and swim meet are named after a former California Lutheran swimmer who died of brain cancer in 2013 before he graduated.
“Allison is a consistent ray of sunshine—always positive, always supporting her team and giving of herself,” says Westmont head coach Jill Jones Lin. “She is our inspirational swimmer. She is a leader who is committed to this team and cares about her teammates.”
Earlier at the Chris Knorr Invitational at CLU, Gonzalez competed in the mile (1650 yard) freestyle, finishing ninth (20:55.90), 17th in the 100-yard freestyle (1:01.27), 17th in the 200-yard individual medley relay (2:33.06) and in two relays.
“I’m not just swimming for myself, I’m swimming for my team,” Gonzalez said. “It really hits me in the relays—I’m competing against everyone else so my team has an advantage. Even in the individual races, I’m thinking about where I can score points for the team.”