Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Sun fastest in 5 events
Hongzhe Sun (Iolani '03) finished his career at Stanford with a second-place finish in the 200-yard back stroke (1:40.78) and a fifth-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:44.09) at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships last Saturday.
The senior posted the best Cardinal times this season in the 100 back (46.33), 200 back (1:40.78), 200 fly (1:43.91), 200 individual medley (1:44.60) and the 400 IM (3:42.11).
» Ali Wilson (Punahou '03), a senior on the Connecticut College women's swimming team, qualified for the New England Small College Athletic Conference Winter All-Academic team. To be honored, a student-athlete must be a junior academically and a varsity letterwinner with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.35.
» Aaron Boranian (Kealakehe '05) was a busy swimmer at the North Central Conference championships last month. The Colorado School of Mines sophomore swam the third leg on the Orediggers' 800 free relay team that placed fifth. He finished 10th in the 200 fly (2:01.64), 14th in the 400 individual medley (4:33.94), 19th in the 1,000 free (10:39.73) and 22nd in the 100 fly (56.36).
» Laura Pope (Lahainaluna '06) posted the third-fastest time on the San Diego Toreros women's swim team in the 200-yard free with a clocking of 1 minute, 56.97 seconds at the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
Nakashima's 65 best ever
Kelly Nakashima (Baldwin '04) fired a school-record-tying and career-best 65 in the final round to finish tied for first in the UNLV Spring Invitational that ended March 14. The Idaho junior finished with a 72-68-65--205, but lost the tournament title on the third playoff hole to Fresno State's Jennifer Shipley.
Nakashima's final round included one bogey along with six birdies and an eagle, on the par-5, 508-yard 16th.
» Lehua Wise (Kauai '03), a senior at New Mexico State, shot 68-74-72--214 to finish in a four-way tie for 10th.
» Boise State freshman Iris Ocariza (Moanalua '06) carded a 75-80-76--231 to tie for 72nd place.
» Kira Murashige (Waiakea '04), a junior at Long Beach State, finished 93rd after shooting 81-90-81--252.
Fetters, Sardinha honored
Mike Fetters (Iolani '83) and Dane Sardinha (Kamehameha '97) have been named to the West Coast Conference/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team.
Fetters (Pepperdine 1984-86), a right-hander, was the WCC Pitcher of the Year in 1986.
Sardinha (Pepperdine 1998-2000), a catcher, was the WCC Player of the Year in 2000.
» Marc Nobriga (Saint Louis '04), a 6-foot-1 right-hander, is continuing his college career with the Cal Poly Mustangs in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference after playing for Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif., his first two years. He is in the starting rotation and has a 2-2 record with a 4.33 earned-run average in seven appearances. He has walked 11 and fanned 21.
Nobriga was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 47th round in 2004.
Souza scores historic goal
Shanilyn Souza (Kauai '04) made history on March 4 when she scored the first goal for the Pacific University women's lacrosse team starting its first season of varsity competition.
It was the only goal in a 22-1 loss to Puget Sound.
» Christine Nishida (Kailua '06) was the Boxers' starting goalkeeper. She played 23 minutes, gave up 12 goals and made four saves.
» Lilia Lee (Kamehameha '05), a midfielder, and Mimi Takamune (Assets '06), who plays attack and took one of Pacific's five shots, also started while Alana Kansaku-Sarimento (Hilo '06), a midfielder, saw action off the bench.