U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
Michelle Wie signed autographs between holes during yesterday's practice round for the U.S. Women's Open in Southern Pines, N.C. Wie was scheduled to tee off today in the first round of the LPGA major, as was fellow Hawaii native Kimberly Kim.
UH athlete earns academic honor
Rainbow Wahine senior-to-be Annett Wichmann yesterday was named a third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Hawaii track athlete was the Western Athletic Conference champion in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon this season, and finished ninth in the heptathlon in the recent NCAA championships with a school-record 5,649 points. She becomes UH's 18th academic All-American, and one of 45 selected for the honor in track and field this season on the first, second and third teams.
Hawaii trampoliners place at nationals
Four Hawaii trampoline athletes placed in the top five last weekend at the U.S. Championships at Memphis, Tenn.
Roosevelt sophomore Nani Vercruyssen won the women's junior double trampoline and was second in the junior trampoline competition. The double trampoline win was her fifth elite national championship.
Leeward Community College freshman Matt Moniz placed fourth in the men's senior double mini-trampoline, and was also 10th in the senior trampoline. He is scheduled to be on the U.S. team in the World Championships in Quebec City in November.
Punahou freshman Spencer Madanay and Kalakaua Middle School seventh grader Kelsen Onigama teamed up to finish fourth in the junior synchronized trampoline. Each also had top-20 finishes in individual events.
Roosevelt junior Spencer Dupio, a member of the national double-mini-trampoline team, broke his foot in warmups.