Hawaii Grown Report:
Hawaii athletes earn honors
Loke Lastimosa (Kailua '03), a senior shortstop for the Missouri Valley Vikings, is an All-Heart of America Athletic Conference first-team pick. She was third in the league with a .482 on-base percentage, ninth in batting (.391) and 11th in slugging percentage (.587).
Charina Summer (Kamehameha '06), the left fielder for East Carolina, is an All-Conference USA second team and freshman team member. The only Pirate to play every game, she hit .324 and led the team in runs, triples, hits and stolen bases with 16 out of 20.
Kaui Tom (Kamehameha '06), the Pirates' freshman shortstop, is an All-Freshman team selection. She was 12-for-12 in stolen bases and led the team in walks and sacrifice hits.
Kimi Daniel (Sacred Hearts '03), a senior left fielder at Portland State, is an All-Pacific Coast Conference honorable-mention pick.
Michelle Pautler (Hawaii Prep '03), a senior at Brown who rebounded from an injury-plagued junior season, compiled a 15-12 singles record and was 8-11 with doubles partner Sara Mansur. Both were named to the All-Ivy League women's tennis second team and earned honorable-mention honors for their doubles play.
Ryan Tuzon (Baldwin '05), a freshman at Dana College, has been named to the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference wrestling second team. He finished fifth at the NAIA tournament with a 7-4 record.
Chen is pistol All-American
YunJa Chen (Punahou '03) concluded her career with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology women's pistol team with a pair of honors. The senior was named an NRA second-team All-American in sport pistol and qualified as an honorable-mention selection in air pistol.
The Engineers won the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships for the second time in three years, defeating the United States Military Academy 6,372 to 6,365.
Morie a big contributor
Marina Morie (Punahou '03) scored 26 points individually by placing sixth in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 56.15 seconds), seventh in the 500 free (5:08.73) and 16th in the 100 free (54.79) at the America East Conference Championships.
The Boston University senior was on two relay teams that accounted for 74 points. The 200-free relay team broke a 23-year-old championship meet record with a winning time of 1:35.98. The BU 400-free relay team took second in 3:30.16. Morie swam the second leg on both relay teams.
She was part of 100 of the second-place Terriers' 616 points.
Morie also was named to the AEC All-Academic swimming and diving team. The exercise science major carries a 3.66 grade-point average.
Hawaii swimmers at Lindenwood University set a number of individual school records at the NAIA Swimming and Diving Championships:
» Erin Nakamoto (Kalani '03) set marks in the 100 back (1:00.6), 100 fly (58.27) and 200 individual medley (2:12.16). She was runner-up in the 100 fly to earn All-America status. Nakamoto also was on four record-breaking relay teams.
» Jon Lau (Iolani '04) set records in the 200 IM (1:56.97), 200 fly (1:54.56) and 100 fly (50.65). He was on three relay teams that set records.
» Chris Ricketts (Mid Pacific '04) set a record in the 50 free (21.03) and 100 free (47:03) events. He swam on four record-breaking relay teams.
Nishitomi a spark for Boxers
Kelly Nishitomi (Castle '06) was a starter in 38 games for the 25-13 Pacific University Boxers, who compiled their best record since 1998. The freshman second baseman hit .259 in the No. 2 spot, led the team in at-bats with 116 and was successful on 16 stolen-base attempts.
» Tawni Glushenko (St. Francis '06), a freshman outfielder for the Boxers, was 3-for-15 at the plate in 18 games.
» Alisha Vegas (Kailua '06), a freshman at Menlo College, led the Oaks with 11 doubles and 22 RBIs. She started all 30 games at second base and hit .264.
» Ku'ulei Padeken (University '05), a sophomore also started all 30 games for the 9-21 Oaks either at catcher or third base. She was 17-for-86 at the plate for a .198 average.
» Jessica Ghazali (University '06), a freshman right-hander for the Maine Black Bears, appeared in 20 games, pitched 78 innings and compiled an 8-5 record with a 3.68 ERA.