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HPA Offering Swimming and Water Polo Camps in June

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HPA swimming/water polo camps upcoming

Hawaii Prep will host two swimming/water polo camps for students age 8 and older at HPA’s Dowsett Pool.

Students must be able to swim 25 yards or more to attend. The camps are scheduled for June 7-11 ($140) and June 14-18 ($140), with instruction taking place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The camps will cover the four competitive strokes — butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle — starts and turns.

Mark Noetzel, who coaches the HPA and Academy Swim Club teams, will lead the swim portion of the camp. Water polo instruction will emphasize general water polo skills, ball handling and team play.

Swimmers of all levels are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Noetzel at 640-6236 or mnoetzel@hpa.edu.

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , | Leave a comment

Hilo’s Zandrix Acob Rising National Junior Tennis Star

Zandrix Acob

Claremont, CA (February 17, 2010) Hawaii’s Zandrix Acob claimed the USTA Boys’ 14 National Open singles title held at the Claremont Club in California during February 13-17.  Acob was seeded No.2 at this tournament and met the No.1 seed, Toshiki Matsuya from Redmond Washington in the final.  Acob didn’t lose a set throughout the entire tournament and claimed the title by a walk-over from the Matsuya.  With this win, Acob now has a No. 15 national rank in the USTA Boys 14. 

Pinned as Hawaii’s next rising junior phenom, Acob has consistently dominates section tournaments and rankings.  Last year, he took the USTA National 12 and Under Singles Championship Title in the Copper Bowl and won the Gold Feed-In Consolation Singles event at the Winter National Championships held in January in Arizona.

Making his debut at both events, victories were a week a part showing he was in condition for the national competitions.  His on the road accomplishments last summer convinced him that he was ready for the challenge.

When asked about his experience at these prestigious competitions Zandrix shared:
“The mainland players are more serious and focused, they don’t fool around.  To prepare for the tournaments I took advice from my coach and spent more time conditioning.  I was more focused too.”

Acob was one of 10, specially selected juniors picked to participate in the USTA Player Development Camp last fall at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Florida.  These up-and-coming junior players worked with USTA National Coach, David Dilucia on-court and had daily fitness training by USTA National Strength and Conditioning Coach, Satoshi Ochi.

Rancho Mirage, CA (April 18, 2010) – Zandrix Acob takes the Boys’ 14 singles consolation round at the Easter Bowl held April 11-18, 2010.  Acob, seeded No. 6 beat Mac Roy from Texas, 6-4, 6-4 in the finals.  Earlier in the quarterfinals of the consolation round, Acob upset the No. 1 seed Daniel Kerznerman from New York 6-2, 6-1.  Acob placed fifth overall in the tournament and is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.  In doubles, Acob and partner Jordan Belga from Illinois fell in the quarters.  Belga captured the championship singles title.

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Junior Tennis | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment