Kailua-Kona's Chang captures medal in luge
David Chang of Kailua-Kona raced to a bronze-medal finish last Friday in the 17-and-under singles luge World Cup race in Lillehammer, Norway.
Chang, 16, was sliding in his first career international race. He clocked runs of 50.683 and 50.774 for a combined 1 minute, 41.457 seconds.
Daniel Hoellrigl of Italy was first in 1:39.666 seconds, followed by the U.S.'s Addison Dailey in 1:40.823.
In 2002, Chang participated in the USA Luge Slider Search in Honolulu. That's when he began to learn the finer points of the sport from U.S. Olympic and national team coaches and took several runs on a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds.
UH swimmers place sixth and seventh
The University of Hawaii women's swimming and diving team placed sixth at the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, yesterday.
The UH men's team placed seventh.
The Hawaii women finished with 260 points and the men had 159, well behind the meet-winning Arizona women (623) and men (724).
The Rainbow Wahine's Melanie Schlanger broke her own school record with an NCAA qualifying mark of 47.94 seconds in the 100 freestyle.
She also had NCAA qualifying times in the 50 freestyle (tied for first, 22.37) and the 200 freestyle (second place, 1:45.76).
UH's Nicole Mackey had an NCAA qualifying time of 1:56.79 and took third place in the 200 backstroke.
Thomas Winkler led the Hawaii men with a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke (1:45.28).