Hawaii's John Flanagan fought off the competition and scores of jellyfish to win the 10K Open Water National Championship swim title yesterday at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Flanagan takes 10K
The victory earn's Flanagan a berth on the U.S. World Team that will compete next month in Japan.
Flanagan finished yesterday's race in 2 minutes and 1.58 seconds. Second place went to Mark Leonard (2:02.53).
Metzger, Wong win FIVB beach eventHawaii's Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong upset the top two teams yesterday to claim the championship of the Swiss Open, the second stop of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, at Gstaad, Switzerland.
It was the first pro beach win for Metzger, and the second for Wong, who formerly teamed with Rob Heidger. The Punahou School graduates, seeded seventh, split $27,000.
Metzger and Wong opened yesterday's play with a 22-20, 16-21, 15-11 semifinal win over top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Tande Ramos of Brazil.
They then defeated Martin and Paul Laciga, 21-17, 22-20.
Hayashi pro-am winner at Kapalua ClambakeHilo Municipal golf pro Kevin Hayashi carded a two-round 137 to win the Ashworth Kapalua Clambake Pro-Am golf tournament at The Bay and Village Courses.
Two strokes behind Hayashi were Brian Sasada, Doug Bohn and John Ironside.
The Kraft Pizza team of pro Kevin Ralbovsky and amateurs Clayton Kim, Gary Sigel and Charles Kawakami, won the three-round team event by two strokes with a 304.
Forty-seven teams participated in the event, which raised $5,000 for Maui Special Olympics and $1,000 for the Lahainaluna High golf team.
Kahakui completes 55-mile solo paddleIt took 15 hours over two days in trying conditions, but Hawaii's Donna Kahakui accomplished her mission.
Kahakui completed a 55-mile solo canoe paddle down the Hudson River in New York Saturday.
The trip from West Point to Manhattan was to promote clean waterways as part of the International Year of the Volunteer celebration.
Takamoto places fifth at Pacific Rim judoHonolulu's Neal Takamoto finished fifth Saturday at the Pacific Rim Judo Championships in Los Angeles.
Takamoto competed in the men's open division in the meet, held at Loyola Marymount. Japan's Yoshinori Shimode won the gold medal.
Wachtel, Swart first in swim series openerNorth Shore lifeguard Glen Wachtel and Kaiser High's Ashley Swart won their respective divisions at Saturday's Raging Isle Sprint, a 1-mile swim from Sunset Beach to Ehukai Beach Park.
Wachtel finished in 21 minutes, 28.8 seconds to win the overall title among the field of 344 swimmers. In second was Evan Duffin Barnes (21:33.7) while Pat Foley was third (21:35.3).
Swart, the women's division winner, placed fourth overall in 21.37.8. Second was Deirdre Tennan (23:18.3) with defending women's champion Jodi Jackson third (23:58.3).
The series continues with the July 8 North Shore Challenge followed by the July 21 Cholo's 2000 Swim.
Hawaii's ownBenny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis and Hawaii Pacific alumnus went 0-for-3 with a walk and played left field for New York in its 8-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves yesterday.
Mike Fetters, Dodgers: The Iolani School product has been put on the 15-day disabled list and didn't pitch in Los Angeles' 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. See related story, B-3.
Jay Spurgeon, Orioles: The former University of Hawaii pitcher was recalled from Triple-A Rochester of the International League but did not pitch in Baltimore's 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Spurgeon, who was brought up to the Orioles near the end of last season, was 3-5 with a .446 ERA in 14 appearances with Rochester.