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Posted on: Sunday, February 25, 2001

Isle File
SMU streaks to WAC swimming, diving title

Advertiser Staff

Six Mustangs clocked automatic qualifying times as Southern Methodist University earned its fifth consecutive team title at the 2001 WAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Palo Alto, Calif., yesterday.

SMU finished the four-day event with 917 points, followed by Hawaii with 583.50 points. Rice (481.50), Nevada (458), Texas Christian (407), Fresno State (363) and San Jose State (325) rounded out the field.

Hawaii sophomore Renate Du-Plessis beat her top time of the season (55.17) and defended her first-place spot in the 100-butterfly event with a time of 54.30 seconds on Friday. Her preliminary time of 53.91 seconds automatically qualified her for the NCAA meet and set a new pool record. Also on Friday, Hawaii’s Sara Watchorn placed first in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.04, and diver Sarah Farr took first in the three-meter diving event with a score of 503.05.

Seven Hawaii athletes earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors, second only to SMU, which had 12 honorees. All-WAC honorees from Hawaii are:

Renate Duplessis, 100 butterfly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

Sarah Farr, 3-meter diving.

Morgan Hoesterey, 100 breaststroke.

Georgi Kinsela, 200 breaststroke.

Sarah Simonsen, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

Lori Thomas, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

Sara Watchorn, 100 free, 200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.


UH-Hilo sweeps BYUH: The University of Hawaii-Hilo softball team completed a four-game sweep of Brigham Young University-Hawaii with 9-1 and 6-3 victories yesterday at Hilo.

The Vulcans (5-3, 5-3 PacWest) beat BYUH (1-7, 1-7) 3-2 and 3-1 on Friday.

In yesterday’s opener, Michelle LaRose and Diana Kim each went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.

In the nightcap, Leinani Hasida went 4-for-4 with an RBI, and Abby Padasdao collected two hits and two RBIs in four at-bats to lead Hilo.

HPU sweeps Chaminade: Kristin Fujii went 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and pitcher Malia Sullivan hurled a complete game, allowing just three hits, to lead Hawaii Pacific to a 4-2 win over Chaminade in the nightcap of a doubleheader yesterday at Palolo Field in Honolulu.

Ashelle Acosta went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Kim Fukumoto lined a two-run double in the sixth inning as HPU (8-0, 8-0) blanked Chaminade (2-6, 2-6), 4-0, in the opener.


HPU drops two to George Fox: George Fox University of Newberg, Ore., swept a doubleheader from Hawaii Pacific, 2-1, 5-4, last night at Hans L’Orange Park in Waipahu.

In the first game, Damon Lorenz and Brody Wilson combined on a five-hitter for George Fox (2-6)

George Fox scored two unearned runs in the sixth inning, which included two HPU errors.

HPU’s Tyrus Matsumoto hit a bases-empty homer in the seventh.

In the second game, Aaron Bliss homered to left in the top of the 10th inning to spoil an HPU comeback. HPU (6-6) scored two runs in the ninth on four consecutive hits - singles by Wade Taguchi, Ikaika DuPont and Andrew Stith, and a double by Corey Hansen - to send the game into extra innings.

Rice 11, UH-Hilo 3: Jonathan Gonzalez allowed two unearned runs and four hits in six innings to lead nationally-ranked Rice over Hawaii-Hilo, 11-3, yesterday at Reckling Park in Houston. The win completed a three-game Western Athletic Conference series sweep of the Vulcans.

The Owls (13-2, 3-0 WAC) supported Gonzalez (3-1) with a 14-hit attack against the Vulcans (3-14, 2-7), losers of six consecutive games


Kahuku star is player of the year: Kahuku’s Natasha Kai was awarded the Gatorade State High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year award. Kai is among the 49 state (South Dakota has no formal soccer program) finalists vying for the National High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year award. The winners across the nation were selected by a panel of sport-specific experts as well as the National Media Advisory Board.


Team competing on Mainland: The Na Alii All-Stars from the Hawaii Cheer Company will compete in the National All-Star Cheerleading Championships this weekend in Dallas.

The team consists of about 100 young boys and girls from across the state.

The team, which left Wednesday for Dallas, will also compete at the USA Spirit Nationals Competition in Anaheim, Calif.

Hawaii Cheer Company is based at Pearl City Industrial Park.

For information, call Lisa Ching at 535-8150, or Robert Daniel at 454-2544.


Horse Trials today: The 25th annual Horse Trials will be today at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s upper campus in Waimea.

The event offers youths and adults in Hawaii an opportunity to participate in organized riding and jumping events.

For information, contact Judy Folk, 881-4033 or 885-4302, or Joan Maute, 961-0022.


Guest speakers set: University of Hawaii basketball head coach Riley Wallace, along with UH’s offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, will be joined by Hawaii Tourism Authority chief executive Robert Fishman and Scott Keopuhiwa, Pearl City High School’s boys soccer coach, as guest speakers for tomorrow’s Quarterback Club at the Pagoda ballroom.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.; the program follows at noon. For more information, call 261-5143.

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