Hawaii Grown Report:
Twice is nice for UC Irvine swimmer
Every year of Chelsea Nagata
's (Maui '04) swimming career has ended with a trip to the NCAA Championships. The UC Irvine senior will make her fourth consecutive appearance at this year's meet March 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio, but with one difference.
She'll be swimming in multiple events.
Nagata qualified in the 100-yard backstroke and 100 butterfly events after placing first in both at the Big West Championship meet last weekend in Long Beach, Calif.
Her backstroke winning time of 54.14 seconds broke the meet record and is the fastest in school history.
She was also part of teams that won the 800 freestyle relay and finished second in the 400 freestyle relay, and 200- and 400-medley relay events.
Nagata placed eighth and seventh, respectively, the last two years at NCAAs in the 100 butterfly event.
Pacific junior April Woo (Iolani '05), also competed in the Big West Championships. Woo placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.85, and also was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that came in second and the 400 freestyle relay team that placed third.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Southern California linebacker Kaluka Maiava
(Baldwin '05) will undergo surgery on his wrist and miss all of spring practice.
Maiava injured the wrist during the middle of last season and broke his thumb making a touchdown-saving tackle in the Rose Bowl against Illinois.
» Kansas sophomore Wally Marciel
(Iolani '06) went six innings while giving up one run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts to get the win in a 2-1 victory over Hawaii-Hilo.
» Southern Utah junior Chester Wilson (Saint Louis '05) went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Nick Freitas (Kamehameha '05) homered as the Thunderbirds won their season opener against Central Michigan 12-8. Kelii Zablan (Saint Louis '05) went 2-for-4 with a double and triple and four RBIs and sophomore Bucky Aona (Punahou '06) also drove in a run. All four batted in the top five of the Southern Utah's starting lineup.
» Colorado School of Mines senior Kyle Pape
(Iolani '05) was a unanimous selection to the All-Rocky Mountain All-RMAC East Division first team. Pape finished second in the conference in scoring at 20.7 ppg and started all 29 games for the Orediggers this season.
» San Francisco junior Kurt Nino
(Damien '05) finished in a tie for 38th place and teammate Edward Han
(Maryknoll '05) finished in a tie for 47th place in the Anteater Invitational in Irvine, Calif. Portland sophomore Thomas Robertson
(King Kekaulike '06) overcame an 8-over 80 in the first round to finish in 17th place after combining to go 1 under over the final two rounds.
» Stanford junior Mari Chun
(Kamehameha '05) earned her third top-10 finish of the year with a fourth-place finish at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Chun finished the three-day event at 6 over par. New Mexico sophomore Britney Choy
(Leilehua '06) finished tied for 24th at 14 over and Arizona junior Amanda Wilson
(Waiakea '05) finished in a tie for 49th place.
» Stanford senior Noa Sakamoto
(Punahou '04) won the 1,000-yard freestyle event with a time of 9:19.11 to help the Cardinal defeat California 132.5-110.5 in the final duel meet for both teams before the Pac-10 championships. Bears senior Mark Eckert
(Iolani '04) placed fourth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 200 backstroke.
» Azusa Pacific sophomore Jessalyn Lau
(Hawaii Baptist '06) defeated Biola University sophomore Kelli Shiroma
(Iolani '06) 6-2, 7-5 in a singles match to help the Cougars defeat the Eagles 7-2. A day later, Lau defeated Westmont College senior Jennie Dunn
(Seabury Hall '04) 6-2, 3-6 (10-3) as the Cougars shut out the Lady Warriors 9-0.