Rainbow Wahine win first WAC swimming title
Nicole Mackey won her second individual gold medal yesterday to help the Hawaii women's swimming and diving team to its first Western Athletic Conference title at San Antonio, Texas.
Mackey won the 200 back en route to being named the WAC's Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year. Hawaii picked up all but one of the WAC's annual honors with QiongJie Huang winning her second Diver of the Year, Victor Wales named Coach of the Year and Mike Brown his second Diving Coach of the Year.
Hawaii finished with 775.5 points to move past Nevada (727) for the title.
The Wahine picked up three other victories yesterday: Mia Broden in the 200 fly, Rui Wong in platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay team of Broden, Bache Atkins, Ellike Heimbech and Mackey.
Also, San Diego's Ashley Swart (Kaiser '02) won her third gold of the meet in the 200 breast.
» Hawaii's Mats Wiktorsson was named the Diver of the Year as the Conference-USA Swimming and Diving Championship concluded yesterday in Houston.
The Rainbows finished third with 583 points. SMU won with 974.
Besides Wiktorsson's first in the platform, Nicola Xella won the 200 breast, Greg Wilson the 200 fly and Thomas Winkler the 200 back. Taking seconds were Andrew Affleck (1650 free) and Graeme Tozer (100 free).
Rainbow Wahine seventh at WAC indoor track
Led by freshman Emily Sheppard's second-place outing in the high jump, the Hawaii women's track and field team finished seventh in the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championship that concluded yesterday at Nampa, Idaho.
The Wahine scored 20 points yesterday to end the meet with 52 points. Sheppard's jump of 5-feet, 7.75 inches set a UH record.
In other results, Mallory Gilbert was forth in the high jump, Megan Weaver fourth in the shot put and Annett Wichmann was eighth in both the shot and triple jump.
Louisiana Tech won the meet with 131 points followed by Idaho (90) and Utah State (85).
Vulcan golfers in 5th place
The Hawaii-Hilo women's golf team was in fifth place heading into today's second round of the Lady Rattler Hill Country Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
Kristen Higa's 76 was the top Vulcans score, giving her a share of ninth. As a team, UHH shot 317, 18 strokes behind Northeastern State in the 19-school event which concludes tomorrow.
Simon Fraser edges UH-Hilo in softball
Becky Hartley's three-run home run in the top of the third was all that Simon Fraser needed yesterday to defeat Hawaii-Hilo 3-2 at the UHH softball field.
The Vulcans (6-8) out-hit the Clan (6-2) 8-4 but stranded eight runners in losing to the defending NAIA champions.
State champion coaches at QB luncheon
The coaches of three high school state championship teams are the featured speakers at tomorrow's Honolulu Quarterback Club's luncheon at the Pagoda Hotel.
On the dais will be Punahou boys soccer coach Bob Clague; Michelle Nagamine, Kamehameha girls soccer coach, and Pearl City softball coach Keoke Behic.
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the noon program. The event is open to the public.