Hawai'i kayakers advance
Hawai'i paddlers Kathy Colin and Lauren Spalding earned spots on Team USA for kayaking yesterday by winning the 500 meter K2 (two-person kayak) race in the United States Canoe and Kayak Olympic Trials at Oakland, Calif.
Colin and Spalding completed the course in 1 minute, 52.86 seconds. The second place team came in at 1:53.82.
Colin and Spalding will now represent the United States at the Hemispheric Qualifier in Curitiba, Brazil, May 1 and 2.
If they win in Brazil, they will advance to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Spalding and Colin will also compete in the K4 (four-person kayak) qualifying races tomorrow. Hawai'i paddlers Chris Ball, Brandon Woods, Andy Bussey and Jim Farnum will participate in the men's races today and tomorrow.
Lee leads Mid-Pacific: Two-time defending champion Regan Lee shot a 1-over-par 73 yesterday to take a two-stroke lead after the second-round lead of the Mid-Pacific Open.
Lee is at even-par 144 entering today's third round at Mid-Pacific Country Club. Casey Nakama shot the day's low round, 71, and was at 146.
Jonathan Mathias shot a 77 and was at 147. Kevin Hayashi shot a 77 and was at 148 with George Sinnott (72), Katsuhiro Miura (73) and Louie Lee (76). First-round leader Lance Suzuki shot an 81 and was at 149.
Vulcans sweep 'Swords: The Hawai'i-Hilo softball team swept a pair of Pacific West Conference games from Chaminade yesterday at Palolo Field.
Sarah Steele pitched a two-hitter, and Lisa Jackson hit a three-run double in the 10th inning to lead the Vulcans to a 4-0 win in the first game.
Natalie Fujimoto went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and a double as UH-Hilo defeated the Silverswords, 6-1.
UH-Hilo (24-14, 10-2 conference) closes its PacWest schedule today with a doubleheader against Hawai'i Pacific at 10 a.m. at HPU's Windward Field. Chaminade is 6-12 and 10-29.