Marina Gomez

Marina Gomez, Hall of Fame Athlete

The parents of Marina Gomez could have saved a lot of typing and newspaper copy if they had just named Marina Gomez “All” as in All-League, All-Conference, All-CIF and All-State.

In her 4 year career at Bishop Garcia Diego High School, she participated in volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned All-League honors 8 times and All-CIF 6 times. In volleyball, Marina was All-Tri Valley League in 1974, ’75, and ’76. ShewasAll-CIF in 1974, ’75, and in ’76 as All-CIF MVP.

Basketball season ended in 1974, ’75, and ’76 with Marina being named All-Tri-Valley League and AllCIF in 1976. She was honored as SBART Athlete of the Year in Girls’ Basketball.

Softball brought Marina Tri Valley honors in 1975 and 197 6 as well as All-CIF and a second honor from the SBART.

Being named All-CIF in three sports is even more remarkable because in 1974, ’75, and ’76, CIF was not in Divisions. Girls’ Athletics were all one division. The move to SBCC did not diminish her appetite for competition. She just added track where she was a member of the State Championship Track Team in 1977, placed second in the state shot put and she holds the 4th best shot and discus records for the Vaqueros. She became the school’s MVP in basketball two years in a row. Marina led the 1977 volleyball team to an undefeated conference championship and was named to the All-State Volleyball Team. She returned to assist her former SBCC volleyball coach, Pat Moorhouse.

The likeness of Marina Gomez stands tall in the Bishop Garcia Diego Hall of Fame and the Santa Barbara City College record books.

Does this sound like a good athlete, or what?