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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 9, 2003

Kaua'i surfers advance in Tahiti surf

Advertiser Staff

Kaua'i surfers Rochelle Ballard and Keala Kennelly advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's division of the Billabong Pro Teahupoo yesterday.

The first three rounds were completed yesterday in clean waves of 4 to 6 feet at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

Kennelly posted the only perfect 10 of the day for a long barrel ride in her third-round victory over Australian Prue Jeffries.

"I was really lucky to make that barrel," said Kennelly, who is the defending champion of the event. "When I dropped in and pulled into it, I got a bunch of water in my eyes and I couldn't see. I just kept pumping down the line and I came out."

Ballard received scores of 8.73 and 7.77 in her third-round victory over Australian Trudy Todd.

Megan Abubo of Waialua was eliminated in the second round.

The men's division did not run heats yesterday.


• Three athletes tops in two events each: Kamehameha's Nick Frazier is the top qualifier for the 200-meter dash (22.57) and 400-meter dash (50.15) for the Island Movers State Track and Field Championships tomorrow at Kamehameha Schools' Kunuiakea Athletic Stadium.

Mililani's Mei Li Nickles is the top qualifier in the long jump (17 feet, 8.75 inches) and triple jump (37-01.75), and Hawai'i Baptist's Lauren Ho topped the 800-meter run (2:21.40) and 1,500-meter run (4:49.67), which held no trials.

Tomorrow's field events begin at 3:30 p.m., running events are at 5:40 p.m.

The list of yesterday's finals qualifiers in each event will be printed in tomorrow's Advertiser.


• UH awards: Melissa Coogan, Stacey Porter and Denise Dahlberg earned honors last night at the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine softball banquet.

Coogan was named the team's Pitcher of the Year in her sophomore season after posting a 29-9 record and a 1.40 ERA, including going 13-1 in the Western Athletic Conference with a 1.03 ERA.

Porter was named the Offensive Player of the Year after batting .468 in 55 games. She set UH records for batting average and home runs (17). She leads the team in runs (52), hits (72), doubles (14), and RBIs (38), with a slugging percentage of .942.

Dahlberg, a sophomore catcher, threw out 47 percent (16-of-34) of potential base stealers in 55 games to earn the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Senior Kate Judd, the two-time WAC Player of the Year, was voted by the squad member as the team's Most Inspirational Player, and sophomore outfielder Tracie Uchima was awarded the Scholar-Athlete and Coaches' awards.

UH finished the regular season 37-18, and 17-3 in the WAC, winning its first conference title.

• Sing Chow honored: Hawai'i-Hilo freshman softball pitcher Leo Sing Chow earned another postseason honor yesterday when she was named to the 2003 All-West Region softball second team.

The left-handed Sing Chow went 14-3 with a 0.66 earned run average — seventh in Division II — and limited opponents to a .159 batting average this season. In 19 appearances, Sing Chow struck out 70 batters in 106.1 innings.

Sing Chow was the first Hawai'i-Hilo softball player to win PacWest Freshman of the Year honors. She was the only player from a Hawai'i college to earn all-West Region honors.


• Hilo golfers eighth: The Hawai'i-Hilo men's golf team finished eighth and last at the NCAA Division II West Regional Championship at the Meadows Golf Course in Littleton, Colo., on Wednesday.

The University of California-Davis won the team title and an automatic berth to the 2003 national championship.

The UC-Davis team finished with a 54-hole total of 24-under par 840. It was followed by Cal State-Stanislaus (848) and Cal State-Bakersfield (854). UH-Hilo finished at 896.

UC-Davis' Jay Westerlund claimed medalist honors with a total of 208 (67-71-70).

UH-Hilo was led by Nick Mason's 214 (72-67-75) for a 10th-place tie.


• Feel the need for speed? Former National Football League player Rich Miano, University of Hawai'i conditioning coach Mel deLaura and several former Warrior football players and Rainbow Wahine volleyball players will be the featured instructors at this weekend's Hawai'i Speed & Quickness clinics at UH's Cooke Field.

The $10 fee covers a two-hour training session, refreshments and snacks.

There are sessions tomorrow and Sunday. Ages 8-12 will train from 10 a.m.-noon; 13-older train from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

For details, call 671-3812.


• Golfer to represent UH: University of Hawai'i golfer Megan McGuinness has been selected as UH's representative to the seventh annual NCAA Leadership Conference, May 25-29, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The conference is designed to enhance the 302 attending student-athletes' leadership and communication skills and to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators.

To be eligible for the conference, student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year. A total of 1,172 nominations from Division I, II, and III schools were submitted.