By Mark Moschetti
Photos by Andrew Towell and Mike Siegel
From the time he stepped onto the court last November, Tony Miller was an impact player — not only for Seattle Pacific, but also within the entire Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
His exceptional talent was recognized on Feb. 28 when he was named the GNAC men’s basketball Freshman of the Year.
The 6-foot-6-inch Miller, a graduate of Woodinville High School northeast of Seattle, scored 514 points this winter, making him the 20th player in SPU history to reach that mark in a single season. It made him the second-highest scoring freshman in school history, trailing only the 559 scored by Jackie Johnson in 1989.
In addition to setting the pace in points, Miller also had a team-high 247 rebounds for SPU, which finished 12–16 overall and tied for ninth in the GNAC at 8–12.
The closest indoor track meet in conference history went in favor of the Falcon women, as they edged Simon Fraser by 3½ points for the crown. With freshmen Scout Cai and Brooke Benner, and sophomore Geneva Lehnert going 1–2–3 in the pentathlon, Lehnert winning the high jump, and senior Kyra Brannan taking the long jump, Seattle Pacific beat out the Clan, 124 to 120½.
The 4,000-meter distance medley relay team of senior Sarah Macdonald, freshman Lani Taylor, and juniors Chynna Phan and Mary Charleson raced to an All-American eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division II nationals in Birmingham, Ala. Charleson also ran in the mile, placing 13th.
Seattle Pacific split a pair of games in the GNAC women’s basketball tournament to conclude a 19–11 season. That final record included an 11-game winning streak to begin the season, the fourth-best start in school history. Among the wins was a 62–45 rout of then-No. 17 UC San Diego at a preseason tournament in Bellingham. SPU tied for fourth in the GNAC at 10–10.
After opening the season with two meets in the 189-point range, the SPU gymnastics team put together a string of five straight in the 190s as it prepared for the end of the regular season and postseason competition.
That postseason included the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships in Brougham Pavilion.