Meghan Tolman was flying high like an Eagle.
That's the mascot for Biola University, an NCAA Division II program, located in the heart of Southern California. The Sierra High senior inked a Letter of Intent Friday to swim for the Eagles under third-year coach Ryan Kauth.
Tolman was surrounded by her Timberwolves teammates and coaches — namely, Corey Winter and David Breitenbucher — along with her parents, Eric and Brandy, grandparents and other relatives, and school administrators such as Principal Steve Clark, Assistant Principal Anthony Chapman, Vice Principal Anne Marie Shaw and Vice Principal/Athletic Director Andrew Lee at her special signing event held in the school library.
She selected Biola in La Mirada over that of the other colleges because of its Christian-based environment and the quaintness of the campus. As for her major, Tolman is looking to study Kinesiology.
Last spring, she was among a short list of local qualifiers for the CIF state Swimming Championships last spring. Her brother Scott Tolman, who is currently swimming for Cal Baptist University, also qualified for state during his days at Sierra.
"We'll be 45 minutes away (drive) when I get to Biola," said Meghan Tolman, who did consider joining her brother at Cal Baptist.
Her best event in swimming is the 100 meter breast stroke although she also excels in the 100 butterfly and 100 individual medley.
In any event, Tolman is looking ahead towards swimming at the next level.