Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Tom named Big West athlete of the year
Randall Tom was named the Big West Conference male athlete of the year in swimming following the conference championships.
Tom (Seabury Hall '04) won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:47.01 and the 100 fly with a time of 46.60. He also was a member of all four of UC Irvine's winning relay teams.
The junior will participate in the NCAA men's championships in Minneapolis, March 15-17.
Chelsea Nagata (Maui '04), a junior with the Anteaters women's team, won the 100 fly (53.35) and the 100 back (54.80) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team at the BWC meet. Nagata finished 48th in the 50 free at the NCAA Women's Championships in Minneapolis yesterday with a time 23.16. Nagata still has to compete in the 100 fly and the 100 back.
Six swimmers from Hawaii competed in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships Feb. 15-17.
» Gerald Bolson (Kamehameha '05), a sophomore at La Verne, had the best success with three second-place finishes. He swam the 50-yard freestyle in 21.32 seconds, the 100 breaststroke in 59.30 and the 100 free in an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 46.45.
» Sean Steele (Punahou '05), also a La Verne sophomore, took 14th place in the 100 breast in 1:04.14, 19th place in the 200 breast (2:25.70) and 24th in the 200 individual medley (2:12.49).
» Santosh Baker (King Kekaulike '05) was 11th in the 200 back in 2:06.11. He is a sophomore at Occidental.
» Kimi Ide-Foster (Iolani '06), a freshman at Pomona-Pitzer, finished fourth in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.58, ninth in the 200 back in 2:15.51 and 21st in the 50 free (26.35).
» Melanie Loo (Iolani '06) took sixth place in the 200 butterfly in 2:14.25. The freshman at Redlands also finished 11th in the 500 free in 5:24.58 and 11th in the 100 fly in 1:02.14.
» Mahinameli Reyes (Kamehameha '06), a freshman at La Verne, came in 11th in the 50 free in 25:40; 11th in the 100 breast in 1:13.58 and 12th in the 100 free in 55.02.
» Sara Ajifu (Iolani '04), a junior at Occidental, finished 15th in the 200 free in 2:03.85; 18th in the 100 free in 56.68 and 19th in the 50 free in 26.30.
» Ali Wilson competed in three events and Puni Almony two at the New England Small College Athletic Conference women's swimming championships Feb. 17-19. The Punahou grads are seniors at Connecticut College.
Wilson finished sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:00.71. She was eighth in the 1,000 free in 10:51.48 and 12th in the 500 free in 5:14.98.
» Almony was 25th in the 1,650 free with a time of 19:17.96 and 31st in the 1,000 free (11:30.05).
» Peter Swanson (Punahou '05), a sophomore at Middlebury, finished 18th in the 50 breaststroke in 28.66.
Senior Cassie Lyons (Waiakea '03) and redshirt sophomore Tami Binek (Waiakea '04) each competed in three individual events for the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at the Big Sky Conference championships Feb. 14-17.
» Lyons finished third in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:04.41 and 2:21.84. She was 42nd in the 50 free in 31.63. Her time in the 100 breast is a Lumberjack school record.
» Binek came in eighth in the 200 free in 1:56.80, 13th in the 100 free in 53.14 and 14th in the 50 free in 24.23. She also was on the 200 free relay team that broke the NAU record with a time of 1:34.35 in placing third.