Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Phillips breaking records in pool
Christine Phillips had quite a time at the NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championships at St. Peters, Mo., last week.
The freshman from the Academy of the Pacific, competing for the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art & Design Bees, won the 1,650-yard freestyle race in the college-record time of 17 minutes, 25.43 seconds.
Phillips placed second in the 200 free (1:54.50) and the 500 free (5:03.08) and was on the 400 medley relay that was second (4:01.98).
Four more swimmers from Hawaii -- John Lau (Iolani '04), Chris Ricketts (Mid-Pacific '04) Erin Nakamoto (Kalani '03) and Mandy Chun (Iolani '04) -- competed for Lindenwood (Mo.) University.
Lau and Ricketts were on the 400 medley relay team that finished first in 3:28.29.
Lau's best individual finish was third in the 200 butterfly in 1:57.26. He was sixth in the 100 fly (51.82), eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:00.33) and was on the 200 medley relay team that placed second (1:34.89).
Ricketts was seventh in the 100 free (47.48), ninth in the 50 free (21.87) and 14th in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries (1:01.64). He swam the second leg on two relays, the 200 free (third in 1:26.07) and the 400 free (fifth in 3:11.99).
Nakamoto participated in seven events topped by a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:00.17). She was 10th in the 200 back (2:17.20) and 14th in the preliminaries of the 50 free (25.32). In relays, she was on the 200 medley (fourth in 1:52.28), the 400 medley (fourth in 4:07.42), the 200 free (6th in 1:41.92 and the 400 free (6th in 3:46.37).
Chun participated in the preliminaries in three events, finishing 15th in the 200 fly (2:24.35), 21st in the 400 IM (5:10.79) and 23rd in the 500 free (5:41.58).
Pape top freshman in RMAC basketball
Kyle Pape (Iolani '05) has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.
Pape, a point guard for the Colorado School of Mines, led the Orediggers in scoring with 14 points per game. He was CSM's top scorer in 11 games and had seven games of 20 points of better.
» Rashaun Broadus (Mililani '02) was an All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention selection. The junior point guard for Brigham Young averaged 9.9 points per game and led the Cougars with 2.3 steals and 2.7 assists per game.
Iolani's Asuka digs college volleyball
Freshman libero Brent Asuka (Iolani '05) had a match-high 11 digs as No. 2 UC Irvine defeated Loyola-Chicago 30-21, 30-26, 30-28 Monday in a nonconference men's volleyball match.
In Tuesday's win over Penn State, Asuka had 10 digs as the Anteaters won their 11th consecutive match, a school record.
» Sophomore hitter Isaac Kneubuhl (Kamehameha '03) put down six kills with no errors in 14 swings, hitting .429, in helping Cal State Northridge sweep Quincy on Tuesday. On the other side of the net, sophomore libero Mike Contee (Iolani '04) had eight digs and was perfect on 27 service receptions in the loss for Quincy.
Inouye untouchable for Illinois Tech
Tyler Inouye (University) earned the victory with 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in Illinois Tech's season-opening, 14-inning 2-1 win over Ohio Dominican on Feb. 25. The sophomore left-hander did not walk or strike out a batter; he retired 14 of the 15 men he faced.