Paddlers fare well at World Sprints
Outrigger canoe paddlers from Hawaii won 27 medals to finish third at the IVF Va'a World Sprint Championship last week on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.
Hawaii paddlers brought home six gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals. Host New Zealand tallied 63 medals, including 20 gold, while Tahiti earned 23 golds en route to 49 total.
John Foti of Lanikai Canoe Club won the men's masters (40-older) 500 by less than a second over New Zealand's Vance Winiata, the only individual gold for an island paddler.
Hawaii's best showing came in the men's golden masters (60-older) races where island crews swept both the 500- and 1,000-meter events. Kailua won the 1,000, followed by Keauhou and Anuenue while Anuenue won the 500, followed by Kailua and Keauhou.
Also in the men's golden masters double-hull 500 race, Kailua/Keauhou took the gold, edging out second-place Anuenue.
Hawaii also picked up two golds in the women's senior masters division (45-older), with Team Hawaii winning the 1,000, and Team Hawaii/Hui Lanakila successful in the double-hull 500.
Water polo win for Rainbow Wahine
Sophomore All-American Iefke Van Belkum scored five goals to lead the Hawaii women's water polo team to a 12-6 nonconference win yesterday over No. 15 Hartwick at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
Kelly Mason and Kristy Bagnall added two goals each for the Rainbow Wahine, improving to 11-7. The Hawks fell to 17-8.
In yesterday's afternoon exhibition, Van Belkum scored three goals in a 10-5 win over the New Zealand national team.
UH softball team faces San Jose State
The Hawaii softball team puts its five-game winning streak on the line tomorrow in the first of a three-game series against conference rival San Jose State.
The Rainbow Wahine (19-13, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) are coming off a trip to Louisiana where they won five games, including beating Louisiana Tech three times to extend their WAC road winning streak to 10.
The Spartans are 13-17 overall, 2-1 in the WAC. Admission is free to tomorrow's 6 p.m. game and Saturday's 2 p.m. doubleheader.
» At Bakersfield, Calif., No. 7 Cal State Bakersfield swept Hawaii Pacific 4-3, 6-3 yesterday in a NCAA Division II softball doubleheader.
The Roadrunners improved to 30-5 when an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh won the first game, then two home runs helped win the second.
Wichmann third in heptathlon
Hawaii sophomore Annett Wichmann was in third place heading into today's final day of the heptathlon at the Cal Multi-Events at Berkeley, Calif.
Wichmann set a UH Day 1 points record with 3,059, breaking her own record of 3,034 set two weeks ago. She also tied the school heptathlon mark for the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.14 seconds and had the top throw in the shot put (42 feet, 10.25 inches).
Wichmann trails Liz Roehrig of Minnesota (3,355) and Cal's Artenisa Young (3,082) with three events remaining. Also competing is Rainbow Wahine sophomore Mallory Gilbert, who is in 17th place with 2,472 points.
UH-Hilo looking for soccer coaches
Hawaii-Hilo has announced its athletic department is seeking applicants to coach men's and women's soccer in the sports' inaugural season, 2006-07.
Hawaii's Division II schools are adding men's and women's soccer and women's basketball as part of an expanded Pacific West Conference next season.
Application deadline is April 28. For information, contact UH-Hilo's Jim DeMello at 808-974-7520.