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Wahine second in WAC track
NAMPA, Idaho » Senior Mallory Gilbert was named the high point winner and the Hawaii women's track and field team missed out on its first Western Athletic Conference championship by a point yesterday.
Led by Gilbert's three silver medals worth 27 points, the Rainbow Wahine finished with a school-record 121 points. Louisiana Tech (122) passed Hawaii in the standings on the final event; the Lady Techsters placed second in the 4x400 relay, while the Wahine were sixth.
Hawaii won six medals yesterday, including golds by Emily Sheppard (high jump) and Thalia Amanakis (800). The Wahine swept the high jump, with Gilbert second and Annett Wichmann third.
Meghan Weaver took silver in the shot put and Gilbert capped her day with a silver in the triple jump, only her second time competing in that event.
Wahine fall in trip to Boise State
The Hawaii women's basketball team hung around early, but first-place Boise State pulled away in the second half to thump the visiting Rainbow Wahine, 66-55, last night at Taco Bell Arena.
Tanya Smith led the Wahine (11-16, 5-9 Western Athletic Conference) with 12 points and 14 rebounds in their regular-season road finale, while Saundra Cariaga scored a game-high 15.
Four players scored in double figures for the Broncos, who remained undefeated at home this season in 13 contests and forced 16 steals on 28 Hawaii turnovers.
The Wahine, who split the two-game road trip, return home for games against Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State this week before leaving for the WAC tournament in Las Cruces, N.M.
Frick leads UH to runner-up finish
Senior Magnus Frick was named the diver of the meet and Hawaii finished second as the Conference USA swimming and diving championships concluded yesterday in Houston.
UH diving coach Anita Rossing was named coach of the meet after her divers went 1-2 in the platform final. Frick finished second in the platform to teammate Mats Wiktorsson, who set a school record with 388.40 points.
The Rainbow Warriors earned three silvers: Darren Maxwell (200 fly), Nicola Xella (200 breast) and 400 free relay. UH also picked up a bronze when Greg Wilson finished third in the 200 fly.
Hawaii finished with 819 points to champion SMU's 968.5.
Cal upsets Hawaii in softball
Cal pounded out 13 hits in a 9-2 upset of No. 15 Hawaii yesterday at the Eller Media Stadium Classic softball tournament in Las Vegas. The Golden Bears broke open the game with five runs in the second in handing Rainbow Wahine pitcher Courtney Baughman (7-1) her first loss.
In the second game, Hawaii (12-4) earned a split with a 5-2 win over host UNLV.
3 medals for Yamauchi
Honolulu's Kyle Yamauchi won one gold and two silver medals at the USA Weightlifting national championships in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday.
Yamauchi, competing in the 136-pound class, took gold with his snatch of 242 pounds and silver in the clean and jerk (306). His total of 548 pounds earned him a silver, 2 pounds behind winner Aaron Adams of Louisiana.
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Chaminade tops NDNU on road
Hayden Heiber and Marko Kolaric both had double-doubles to lead Chaminade to a 75-58 victory over Notre Dame de Namur in a PacWest men's basketball game in Belmont, Calif., last night.
Heiber had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Kolaric added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Silverswords (20-7, 15-3) against the Argonauts (10-16, 6-12).
In the women's game, Simrin Cummins scored a game-high 25 points before fouling out as Chaminade lost to Notre Dame de Namur 82-60.
It was the final game of the season for the Silverswords (0-24, 0-17), who led the Argonauts (13-13, 13-5) at halftime 36-35.
» Paul Peterson scored 23 points, including 18 when hitting six of seven 3-pointers, to lead Brigham Young-Hawaii to a 89-76 win over Hawaii-Hilo in a PacWest men's basketball game last night at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
Lucas Alves added 16 points for the Seasiders (17-7, 12-5). Rashad Bilal led the Vulcans (13-12, 8-9) with 16 points.
In the women's game, Sheila Azevedo scored 18 points to lead Hawaii-Hilo (9-15, 9-8) past BYUH 68-44 in the finale for both teams. The Seasiders finish 5-22 and 5-13.
Seasiders continue to roll in tennis
The top-ranked Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team shut out Hawaii-Hilo for the second consecutive day with a 9-0 victory at the UHH tennis courts.
Leading the Seasiders (6-0) to their 66th consecutive win was top-ranked Elwen Li, who defeated the Vulcans' Eve Castaing 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
» In men's play, BYU-Hawaii edged UH-Hilo for the second consecutive day with a 5-4 victory. Marvin So'onalole's 6-3, 6-4 win over Mitchel Gelina at No. 5 singles clinched it for the Seasiders.