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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Iolani's Eckert places 7th in international swim meet

Advertiser Staff

Iolani junior Mark Eckert Jr. placed in the top seven in an international swimming meet last weekend in Minnesota.

Eckert, part of Iolani's state championship team last season, swam a personal long-course best time of 2 minutes, 6.57 seconds in the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. Open meet in Minneapolis to take seventh place and qualify for next year's Spring and Summer National Championships.

"There were very good swimmers there, international swimmers," Eckert said. "For me, it was a great race."

Eckert swam a personal-best 59.60 seconds in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke and qualified for the consolation final in the 400 individual medley in 4:38.07.

Eckert was the only swimmer from Hawai'i at the U.S. Open.


Waialua coach resigns: Don "Chico" Capello has resigned as head football coach at Waialua High School after four seasons at the helm.

Capello cited "personal reasons" and a recent marriage for his decision.

"I need to take care of business," Capello said. "And I'm still in my honeymoon, so I gotta take care of the wife."

Although the Bulldogs have won only four games in Capello's four seasons, he said he is comfortable with the program's development. Waialua briefly dropped football before the 1998 season, citing a lack of players.

"When I took this job, I was trying to accomplish certain things, and we pretty much did that," Capello said. "I think whoever gets the job now can take the ball and move with it."

Waialua athletic director Sharon Yoshimura is accepting written resumes only, which can be sent to Waialua High School, 67-160 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791, attn: Sharon Yoshimura, Athletic Director.

The deadline is Dec. 31.

Moanalua seeks coach: Moanalua is seeking applicants for varsity head football coach.

Written resumes only should be sent to Moanalua High School, 2825 Ala Ilima St., Honolulu, HI 96818, attn: Dana Dias, Athletic Director.

The deadline is Dec. 31.


Chinen to coach at Kaimuki: Duke Chinen is returning to his alma mater as Kaimuki's varsity baseball head coach.

Chinen, a 1986 graduate of Kaimuki, was head coach at Kaiser the past four seasons.