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Sports - August 30, 2013

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper of the UCLA women's soccer team led a defensive effort that produced shutout wins over Northeastern and Cal State Northridge last weekend, as the Bruins didn't concede a goal and faced four shots in two games. Dahlkemper, a junior defender, was at the heart of it all as she played 159 minutes in the two victories. Prior to the season-opening wins, Dahlkemper was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for the second consecutive season. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Jan. 10, 2014 at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Dahlkemper earned NSCAA second-team All-America and first-team All-Pacific Region honors in 2012 after leading UCLA's defense to a Pac-12 leading 14 shutouts and a team goals against average of just 0.55. The Bruins finished 2012 with an 18-3-2 record and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Dahlkemper was a starter in all 23 of UCLA's games and ranked second on the team in minutes played, seeing a total of 2,016 of a possible 2,120 minutes . . . Palo Alto's Chesnie Cheung won a pair of gold medals to help Team USA Team finish off a highly successful week at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships last week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. U.S. swimmers swept the team finals in three divisions -- junior, 13-15 plus 12-and-under -- and won two golds in duet and one more in solo at the championships. It is the first time the U.S. has finished higher than Canada in the team competition since 2007. In the 12-and-under duet final, Cheung and Caitlyn Hoang won gold at 126.1335. Cheung and Hoang are both on the U.S. 12-and-Under National Team and the Santa Clara Aquamaids. Cheung also won a gold medal in the team competition for the Aquamaids . . . Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer took a break from coaching to win the Manhattan Beach Open Sunday with Casey Jennings. Fuerbringer had left beach volleyball competition five months ago to serve as assistant coach of the U.S. men's indoor national team. He joined Jennings to knock off the top-seeded team of Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, 21-18, 21-23, 15-12, in the championship match of the final event of the AVP Tour.

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