Oct. 10, 2012
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HAWAII women began its season with a 206-146 dual victory over defending MPSF Champion BYU this past weekend in Honolulu. Taylor Ritenberg claimed winning marks in the 100 Breast (1:04.49), 200 Breast (2:18.77), and 200 IM (2:07.02). Jasmine Alkhaldi posted two first-place finishes in the 200 Free (1:52.48) and 100 Free (51.43), as well as swimming in four winning relay events. Hayden Maclean and Rachel Cote won the 400 IM (4:28.91) and 100 Back (1:04.49), respectively. Lauren Hall led diving by finishing first on the 1-meter (296.45) and second on 3-meter (297.75)....On the men's side, Luca Mazzurana took first in both the 100 Fly (49.09) and 200 Fly (1:50.39), as the Warriors also outlasted the 2012 MPSF Champion Cougars, 183-168. Gen Yamamoto won the 1650 Free (16.09.20) and Eli Wong won the 200 Breast (2:04.81). Additionally, newcomers Ryan Makuta and Kacy Johnson debuted with first-place finishes in the 200 Free (1:41.03) and 500 Free (4:35.13), respectively.
BYU Alexandria Sorensen placed first in the 50 Free (23.71) and Kimberly Welch Doroghian won the 100 Fly (55.98) at Hawaii. Other Cougar titles went to Hailey Campbell (200 Back, 2:02.32) and Dayna Christensen (3-meter diving, 314.90) ....Payton Sorenson claimed the men's 50 Free (21.03), as did Hayden Palmer in both the 400 IM (4:00.99) and 200 IM (1:53.05). Preston Jenkins was another two-time individual winner, taking the 100 Back (50.33) and 200 Back (1:49.39).
AIR FORCE Michael Barnosky helped lead the Falcons to a first-place finish at the Intermountain Shootout Oct. 5-6, against Colorado Mesa. Barnosky won all five events he competed in in his first collegiate meet. On Friday, he won the 100 Breast (59.90) and 400 IM (4:21.99), in addition to swimming the second leg of the 200 Medley Relay (1:34.77). Saturday, Barnosky won the 50 Breast (26.60) and 200 Breast (2:13.17).
PACIFIC men traveled to two-time defending NCAA Champion California on Wednesday (Oct. 10) for a dual. Oliver Simkovic placed second in the 200 Back (1:50.92), while Cameron Franke and Dai Wilson both snagged fourth-place finishes in the 100 Breast (58.17) and 200 Fly (1:58.08), respectively.
PETER CHI MPSF SPECIAL RECOGNITION
"Peter" Frank Chi, a member of the University of Hawai'i men's swimming team, died Saturday, Oct. 6 from an apparent cardiac arrest. Chi, 19, was found unresponsive in his dorm room in the early morning hours and was admitted to Straub Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Chi had been earlier diagnosed and treated with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This past spring, he was awarded the Inspiration Award at the annual 'Ahahui Koa 'Anuenue scholarship dinner for overcoming his illness and setting a positive example for others. "Peter was an outstanding student athlete and even more importantly a great person," said Victor Wales, UH swimming head coach. "He was loved and respected by all his teammates and will forever have a place in our program." "Peter was an inspirational young man and he meant a lot to his teammates," Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, UH Assistant Athletics Director said. "We were very fortunate to have him be a part of our swimming program. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire 'ohana." Chi, a one-time walk-on, swam in eight career events for UH, including Friday's season-opening home meet against BYU in which he finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke. He also competed in the freestyle, backstroke, and individual medley during his career. Chi was a 2010 graduate of Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawai'i, where he was a three-time team MVP and two-time team captain for swimming team. Chi is survived by his father, Robert, and older sister, Sharon. Services are pending.
LUCA MAZZURANA MPSF MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Hawaii senior Luca Mazzurana (Bolzano, Italy) took first in both the 100 Fly (49.09) and 200 Fly (1:50.39), as the Warriors outlasted 2012 MPSF Champion BYU, 183-168. Mazzurana was also on the winning 200 Medley Relay (1:31.29)...Nominated: Michael Barnosky (AFA)
JASMINE ALKHALDI MPSF FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Hawaii sophomore Jasmine Alkhaldi (Laguna, Phillipines) posted first-place finishes in the 200 Free (1.52.48) and 100 Free (51.43), as well as swimming in four winning relay events (200 Medley-1.43.09, 200 Free-1.52.48, 400 Free-3.28.48, 400 IM-3.50.24), as UH won a home dual over defending MPSF Champion BYU.