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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Sunday, February 29, 2004

UH men, women second in swimming

Advertiser Staff

Cheyne Bloch led a 1-2-3 finish for the University of Hawai'i in the 200-yard breaststroke and Mike Gowdy won the open platform diving event to lift the Rainbow Warriors to second place at the National Independent Conference swimming championships at Oakland University Aquatics Center in Rochester, Mich., yesterday.

Southern Methodist was first with 903 points, followed by UH with 876 and Oakland with 536.

Bloch, a senior from Wailuku, Maui, was named NIC swimmer of the year. He won the 200 breaststroke in an NCAA meet qualifying 1 minute, 55.88 seconds. UH's Chad Thomsen was second (1:59.58) and Tudor Ignat third (2:00.43).

Bloch won the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA meet qualifying time on Friday and was a member of two winning relay teams.

Gowdy, a senior from British Columbia, broke the pool and meet records with 457.65 points. Teammate Jonathan Coyle set the previous record of 455.55 last year. Coyle was third this year.

UH's Kurt Boehm and Nimrod Palma finished 1-2 in the 200 butterfly in 1:45.75 and 1:46.76, respectively. Andrew Affleck won the 1,650 freestyle in 15:11.17.

UH coach Mike Anderson was named NIC coach of the year.

• Mackey, Anderson honored: Nicole Mackey won the 200-yard backstroke and was named freshman of the year as the Hawai'i women took second at the Western Athletic Conference Championships yesterday at San Antonio.

SMU won with 911 points, followed by UH with 711 and Nevada with 661.

Mackey captured her third event of the meet, winning the 200 backstroke in 1 minute, 58.39 seconds.

UH's Qionjie Huang, who won the 3-meter event on Friday, was named WAC diver of the year. UH's Mike Anderson was named co-coach of the year along with Tom Milich of Fresno State.


• BYUH wins: Jake Chrisman scored 29 points to lead Brigham Young-Hawai'i to an 88-71 victory over Chaminade in a Pacific West Conference game at La'ie.

The Seasiders, ranked No. 20 nationally, are 21-5 overall and already has clinched the conference title. They are 11-3 in the PacWest. Chaminade is 9-14 and 6-7.

Austin Smylie had 15 points and eight rebounds and Shawn Opunui had 13 points and nine assists for BYUH.

Kashif Reyes scored 17 points for Chaminade.


• UH splits two: The University of Hawai'i women's team split two matches on the opening day of the Gaucho Invitational at Santa Barbara, Calif., beating the host Gauchos 5-4, then losing to No. 2 UCLA, 10-5.

Darcy Scott-Hosaka scored off a cross-pool pass from Kristy Bagnall with 44 seconds remaining to lift the No. 10 Rainbow Wahine past the Gauchos. Scott-Hosaka also had three steals.

UH trailed 5-4 at halftime against UCLA, before the Bruins scored two goals in the third period and three in the fourth period for their third victory over UH (6-6) this season.

Kristina Kunkel scored six goals for UCLA.


UH-Hilo vs. UCLA: The Hawai'i-Hilo Vulcans are scheduled to host UCLA at Simmons Field in Kailua, Kona, today after yesterday's game was canceled because of bad weather.

The Bruins won the first two games of the series.


• Quarterback Club: John McNamara, new University of Hawai'i associate athletic director for external affairs, UH tennis coach John Nelson and Hawai'i Pacific baseball coach Allen Sato are the scheduled speakers for tomorrow's meeting.

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Ballroom.