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Sports - September 26, 2008

Sports Shorts

WIGGINS HONORED . . . Minnesota Lynx guard Candice Wiggins has been named the 2008 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year after helping to propel the Lynx to 16 wins, the second-best total in team history and a six-game improvement on 2007. Despite coming off the bench in all but one of her 30 games played, the former Stanford All-American wrapped up the season second on the team in points (15.7 ppg) and assists (3.0 apg) in only her first season in the league.


Three current Stanford swimmers know what they'll be doing next summer after being named to the 2009 World University Games team on Wednesday. Freshmen Chad La Tourette and Bobby Bollier plus sophomore John Criste all were named to the USA squad, joining 23 of the country's top swimmers heading to Belgrade, Serbia next summer. The swimming competition will take place from July 5-11, while the entire competition of the Games will run from July 1-12, 2009. La Tourette was 2007 World University Games gold medalist as a high schooler. Criste competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials where he was a finalist in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Bollier also was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 fly and the 400 free.

In past years, the World University Games has been a breeding ground for some of the best swimming talent in the nation. Many Olympic swimmers have at one time been a member of a World University Games team and most recently, the 2007 U.S. World University Games team saw three members — Matt Grevers, Emily Silver and Stanford's Elaine Breeden — go on to compete in the 2008 Olympics and earn medals in Beijing. Swimmers named to the World University Games' roster were selected based upon their performance at the 2008 USA Swimming U.S. Open Championships that took place July 29-August 2 in Minneapolis, Minn.

A BEST IN BEIJING . . . Sacred Heart Prep sophomore and Menlo Park resident Joe Wise, the youngest member of the 2008 U.S. Paralympics Swim Team, broke his own USA record in the finals of the 400-meter freestyle. While placing fifth in the finals, Wise lowered his own American record by nearly three seconds by clocking 4:15.83. He set the previous record only hours before in the qualifying rounds. "I dropped nine seconds today so I'm really happy with that. Just to be here and swim that fast is amazing. I'm really happy with my performance." Swimming in a packed Water Cube, where the world watched Michael Phelps collect eight gold medals last month, Wise swam his best time as dozens of American spectators loudly cheered him on. This was his first Paralympics, and he defeated veterans of the Athens and Sydney Paralympic Games.


COACHING CORNER . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for the following coaches for the 2008-09 school year: boys' frosh-soph soccer, wrestling, boys' frosh-soph basketball and girls' lacrosse assistant coaches. Those interested should contact athletic director Pam Wimberly at . . . Sacred Heart Prep is looking for coaches in the following programs: varsity and assistant coaches for boys' lacrosse; varsity and JV assistant coaches for boys' and girls' soccer; varsity and JV assistant coaches for girls' basketball.  If interested, please contact Frank Rodriguez at or 473-4031 . . . Menlo School is looking for a varsity swim coach for next season. Interested coaches should contact Menlo AD Craig Schoof at


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