Atherton's Bellis receives USTA sportsmanship honor


Cici Bellis of Atherton has been honored with the inaugural US Open Junior Sportsmanship Award for girls by the USTA. Bellis received the award after best demonstrating excellent sportsmanship at this summer's USTA National Championships. Bellis won the girls' 18s national crown.

The award was presented to Bellis on Monday by USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty and Chanda Rubin.

By winning the USTA national title, Bellis earned a wild card into the US Open women's singles main draw, where she'll play No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova. Bellis, 15, is the youngest female since Lindsay Davenport in 1991 to play in the US Open.

The USTA started a Sportsmanship Committee in 2011. Its charge is to educate and inspire youngsters and their parents to develop and exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship and an attitude of fair play and mutual respect on and off the tennis court. Underlying the charge is the ethical imperative that fairness is more important than winning.


The Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 13-14 girls broke the National Age Group Record in the 200-meter free relay earlier this month at the 2014 Far Western Long Course Championships in Fresno.

PASA swam a 1:47.81 to eclipse the 2006 record of 1:47.86 set by Sun Devil Aquatics.

The PASA relay foursome included Castilleja freshman Isabelle Henig (27.37), Palo Alto High freshman Claire Lin (26.78), plus Sacred Heart Prep freshmen Matte Snow (26.50) and Sophia Balmaceda (27.16). Henig also won the 50 free.

The record was a real PASA team effort, with Henig training under Scott Shea and Lin training under Stanford grad Dana Kirk, while Snow and Balmaceda are training partners under Carlene Takaki.

At the 15th FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal, Palo Alto's Daniela Barnea took home six medals while competing in the women's 70-74 age bracket.

She won the 400 IM, finished second in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 buttefly, and was third in the 100 fly and 3K Open Water event.

There were close to 6,000 swimmers from more than 50 countries competing in the meet, which wrapped up earlier this month.

Women's diving

Incoming Stanford freshman Gracia Leydon Mahoney finished fourth on the 3-meter springboard event at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China on Monday.

Leydon Mahoney scored 429.45, 62.60 behind winner Shengping Wu of China. Leydon Mahoney recorded the fifth best qualifying mark.

She also competed in the 10-meter platform event on Saturday, finishing eighth with a score of 375.25.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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