Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Blomberg a big hit at Claremont McKenna
Andrew Blomberg is the featured male athlete on the Claremont McKenna athletic web site after his outstanding start for the Stags baseball team.
A freshman from Moanalua, he is hitting .467 through 13 games. Blomberg has a 10-game hitting streak, has hit safely in all six Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. He is second in runs scored with 14, five behind Kyle Seminara, a senior right fielder from Punahou.
Blomberg plays left field or is the designated hitter and comes in to play third base when closer Morgan Cummins takes the mound.
Also playing for the Stags are two other Punahou graduates, sophomore catcher Robert Kurisu, who is hitting .250, and Matt Oda, a relief pitcher who has not given up a run in two appearances.
» J.J. Eno is still looking for his first hit for Brown (0-6). On a trip that had Brown losing three games to Florida State and three to Vanderbilt, Eno was 0-for-11. The sophomore played two games in left field, pinch hit and was used as the designated hitter.
5 swimmers compete in NCAA championships
Chelsea Nagata (Maui '04) is competing in the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Athens, Ga., today through Saturday. The sophomore at UC Irvine qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
She was named the Co-Big West Conference Athlete of the Year after winning those three events and being part of the winning 200-medley relay team at the conference championships last month.
» Four swimmers from Hawaii at mainland schools have qualified for the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at Atlanta, March 23-25.
They are Hong Zhe Sun (Iolani '03) and Noa Sakamoto (Punahou '04) from Stanford; Mark Eckert (Iolani '04) from California and Nick Borreca (Punahou '02) from Florida.
Nakamoto named to scholar-athlete team
Erin Nakamoto has been named to the 2006 Daktronics NAIA Women's Swimming and Diving All-America Scholar-Athlete team. Nakamoto (Kalani '03) is a junior at Lindenwood University in Missouri and majoring in accounting. To be nominated, a student/athlete has to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.