Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 26, 2010

Sports Shorts

HOOP HONOR . . . Menlo School grad Blake Schultz finished his illustrious basketball career at Williams College (Williamstown, MA) being named D3hoops.com All-American first team earlier this week. The senior co-captain scored 615 points this season in helping the Ephs (30-2) reach the NCAA Division III championship game, where they lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 78-73. Schultz was 19 points shy of matching the school single-season scoring record. He graduates as the fourth leading scorer at Williams with 1,528 points, and the eighth-leading rebounder at 545. Schultz, previously honored as the NESCAC and ECAC-North New England Player of the Year, First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All- ECAC, earns his second All-America honor. He was recently named an NABC First Team honoree. He is a finalist for the NABC Player of the Year. Schultz would have led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 52 percent had he qualified. Williams led the nation as a team with 46.1 percent. Schultz was 77-of-148 from long range, three made 3s from qualifying. He shot 52.6 percent overall.

SWIM DELAY . . . The NCAA Men's Swimming and Diviving Championships, hosted by Ohio State, was postponed 24 hours after members of at least three teams, including Stanford, came down sick prior to Thursday's scheduled start of the national championships. The meet now will begin Friday and run through Sunday. The NCAA made the decision after calling a coaches meeting on Wednesday night. Ohio State issued a statement on Wednesday: "Eighteen student-athletes and one coach have been treated at the Ohio State University Medical Center and the Ohio State Sports Medicine Center for a possible gastrointestinal illness. The NCAA, the OSU Medical Center, Ohio State University officials and the local Ohio health department are working on the issue. One of the priorities is to ensure all teams and competitors are kept informed of developments and preventive measures. "

SWIM FINALISTS . . . Stanford swimmers Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit are two of the four finalists for the Honda-Broderick Sports Award, given annually to the nation's top swimmer. Smit, who ended her career as a 26-time All-American for the national runnersup, won the 200 and 400 individual medleys at her final collegiate meet, the NCAA Championships. She was also a part of the 400 free relay team that won , giving the senior six NCAA titles in her career. The 200 free relay and 400 medley teams each placed second at the NCAAs. Breeden, a 24-time All-American, defended her national title in the 200 butterfly at NCAAs, winning the event for the third time in four seasons. She added the 100 fly to her resume with a win in that event in 2010. Her consistency has shown throughout her career as she was a four-time All-American in five events.

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