Student-Athlete reception prior to the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
After becoming the first full-time women's swimming coach at LMU, Bonnie Adair enters her 10th season with the Lions, having been named 2008 Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Coach of the Year.
Adair joined the LMU program in 2002-03 with a 35-year background in swimming.
In her first season as a full-time head coach, Adair added 17 newcomers to the program's roster, which doubled the team's size and jump-started the new era of LMU swimming.
Since her arrival, Adair has turned the LMU program into a contender at the Division I level, culminating in LMU's first title in 2008. The Lions finished third in the conference in 2005 and set 16 of 19 school records in a history-making season. LMU earned its first two conference event titles in 2005, winning both the 200 medley relay (Lauren Mathewson, Morgan Finley, Angela Samuels, Katie Hicks) and the 100 backstroke (Mathewson).
The 2005-06 Lions added four more PCSC titles, winning the 200 medley relay (Mathewson, Sarah Hamilton, Samuels, Hicks), the 100 freestyle (Hicks), the 100 breaststroke (Hamilton) and the 100 backstroke (Mathewson). LMU posted a dual record of 9-5 in that season, marking the second straight winning season under Adair.
Highlighted by 11 new school records and four PCSC event titles, Loyola Marymount finished second of 14 teams in the conference at the 2006-07 PCSC Championship. The team finished 7-5 in dual meets to extend Adair's winning-season streak to three straight. PCSC Championship triple winner Mathewson, along with teammates Morgan Finley, Alex Wike, Trinity O'Neill, and Samuels were selected to the PCSC All-Conference team. Senior Amanda Luciano was named to the PCSC All-Academic team. Mathewson's three event titles came in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 200 backstroke, earning her PCSC Swimmer of the Year honors. She was also a member of the 200 medley relay, along with Finley, Samuels and Wike, which shattered the existing meet record by over a second en route to the Lion victory.
In 2008, Adair made it four straight winning seasons, turning in a perfect 9-0 record in dual meets en route to her first PCSC Coach of the Year selection. The perfect record marked the first time in school history that a team had gone undefeated. Adair and the Lions capped the outstanding season with a first-place finish at the PCSC Championships, posting a school-record 11 swimmers on the All-Conference Team. Alex Wike claimed the top-spot in the 50 freestyle, Rebecca Plume won the 500 freestyle and Alicia Witter took home the individual title in the 100 freestyle event.
2009 proved to be another successful year for Adair and the Lions, as LMU finished second at the PCSC Championship, just 22 points short of another team title. Despite finishing second, LMU scored over 140 more points than the 2008 Championship team, and Lion swimmers won five individual and three relay events, by far the most in LMU history. In addition, Adair saw Anne Scott named PCSC Swimmer of the Year and her Lions set four new PCSC records and six LMU records.
Adair guided the Lions to yet another second-place finish at the PCSC Championships in 2010, their final year in the PCSC before moving to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 2010-11. Following the last event at the PCSC Championships, Scott, who won all three of her individual events and three relay titles, was awarded Female Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year. She remains just the second swimmer in LMU history to earn this top honor, following Mathewson's three-event win in 2007. Furthermore, she is the first swimmer to earn the honor more than once, let alone in back-to-back seasons. Scott beat a NCAA National Time Standard in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and was a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that also met a standard. Over the course of the four-day competition in 2010, LMU earned six individual championship titles, three relay crowns, and 10 new LMU program records.
In her first year coaching in the MPSF in 2011, Adair guided the Lions to a fifth-place finish out of nine teams. Over the course of the four-day championship competition, the 24-member Lion squad erased four school records and posted an unprecedented total of 58 lifetime-best swims. A total of seven LMU swimmers garnered All-Conference recognition in the inaugural year, including a pair of first-team selections. Always strong in the classroom, the 2011 team was named to The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American list for its work during the spring 2011 semester. The Lions combined for a 3.29 GPA over the course of the semester, including placing a MPSF-best 12 swimmers on the All-Academic team.
The 2012 season saw the Lions finish eighth out of 10 teams at the MPSF Championships. A pair of LMU swimmers garnered All-Conference recognition from the MPSF after the MPSF Championships, as Tammy Choy was named to the second team for her efforts in the 100 backstroke and Camille Hopp earned a second team selection in the 50 freestyle. As always, Adair pushed her athletes in the classroom, helping 13 of her student-athletes to MPSF All-Academic recognition and a Scholar All-American team selection from the CSCAA.
During her own 13-year swimming career, Adair set 35 National Age Group records including a 50m freestyle record that stood for 29 years.
Competing in 12 National Championships (her first at age 13) and two Olympic Trials, Adair became a National finalist in the 100 free and 100 fly and a member of a 400-meter medley relay that established four American records.
She attended UCLA as an undergraduate and then Loyola Law School. During law school, Adair was the assistant coach of the UCLA women's swim team and also coached the Team Santa Monica age group team.
In 1979, Adair, along with current LMU assistant Clay Evans, created the Santa Monica Masters Swim Team, which later became SCAQ - now the largest Masters program in the United States with over 900 active members.
In their 30-plus years coaching together, it is estimated that Adair and Evans have coached or instructed more than 20,000 Los Angeles-area swimmers.
Between 1985 and 1994, Adair came out of swimming retirement to compete in several Masters National Championships and World Games and set national and world records in the freestyle sprint events and 100 and 200 IMs. She has contributed swimming articles to SWIM Magazine and Fitness Swimmer Magazine and was honored as the United States Masters Coach of the Year in 1997.
From 1996-1999, Adair was the head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Santa Monica College, where she earned the Western State Conference Women's Coach of the Year award in 1997. In 1998, her women's team tied for the conference title and placed sixth in the state. Her men's team also earned a sixth place finish.