Twelve of the top 16 ranked surfers in the world, including No. 1 Mark Occhilupo from Australia, were upset yesterday at the Brazilian Rio Marathon Surf International at Barra Beach, Brazil.
Upset wave hits
Brazilian surf meet
Those who did not finish first in their respective heats yesterday get another chance to compete, facing elimination in round two today. Yesterday's winners receive a bye today.
Joining Occhilupo on the upset front were Hawaii's Sunny Garcia and Shane Dorian, Australians Michael Lowe and Jake Paterson and American mainlanders Tim Curran and Rob Machado.
In women's competition, world champion Layne Beachley advanced unimpeded, along with Megan Abubo (Hawaii), Serena Brooke (Australia), Jaqueline Silva (Brazil), Melanie Redman (Australia), Lynette MacKenzie (Australia), Yvonne Rogencamp (Australia) and Tita Tavares (Brazil).
The only real shock for the women was defending Rio Marathon Surf International champion Pauline Menczer (Australia) finishing fourth.
UH men 16th in swim pollThe Hawaii men's swimming and diving team is ranked 16th nationally in the College Swimming Coaches Association preseason poll, which ranks the top 25 Division I teams.
The UH men's team finished last season ranked 19th and first-year coach Sam Frias was named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Stanford is No. 1 in the preseason rankings, followed by Auburn and Texas.
The UH women's team, which went from 0-12 in dual meets in 1997-98 to 12-0 last season, did not make the CSCA Top 25 but was listed among other teams receiving coaches' votes.
Rainbow golfers ninthThe UH Wahine finished ninth in the 13-team Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational women's golf tournament yesterday at Seattle.
Linda Appleblad, who shot a 6-over-par 78 in each of the three rounds for a 234 total, was the low individual scorer for Hawaii.
USC won the team title and Pepperdine's Tamie Durdin was the medalist at 8-under 208 after a closing 68.
Free volleyball clinicTomorrow is the sign-up deadline for a Dec. 18 free volleyball clinic for boys and girls ages 10-18, to be conducted by the NCAA's Youth Education through Sports (YES) program in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Championships at UH's Stan Sheriff Center.
Those interested are asked to call the Nagatani Academic Center at 956-5199 for clinic brochures or fax a request with their names, addresses and phone numbers to 956-5042.
Crawford in WSF galaFormer University of Hawaii women's volleyball player Therese Crawford has been selected to represent the sport of volleyball at the 20th Women's Sports Foundation Salute to Women in Sports awards dinner Oct. 18 in New York.
Crawford is a member of the U.S. Professional Volleyball League, the newly formed women's pro indoor league. She leads the USPVL in kills during the fall exhibition tour.
Hasegawas at So. ColoradoMililani High School grads Marc and Ian Hasegawa are members of the University of Southern Colorado men's soccer team.