FACES IN THE CROWD

November 28, 2011

KATIE LEDECKY

BETHESDA, MD. > SWIMMING

Katie, a freshman at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart who swims for the Curl-Burke Swim Club, broke national records for 13- to 14-year-old girls in the 500- (4:35.14) and 1,000-yard freestyle (9:29.81) at the National Age Group Team Challenge. In her first varsity meet two days later, she won the 200-yard free in an automatic high school All-America time of 1:49.67 to set a pool and team record. Katie has qualified for the 2012 Olympic trials in the 100-, 200-, 400- and 800-meter free.

D.J. FOSTER

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. > FOOTBALL

D.J., a 6-foot, 185-pound senior running back at Saguaro High, is second in the nation in touchdowns this season (57 through Sunday) and holds the Arizona career touchdown record (97). He scored twice in a 56--28 win over Queen Creek to break the state single-season scoring mark (previously 51 TDs). A week earlier he scored an 11-man state record 10 TDs and ran for a record 508 yards on 20 carries to lead the defending state champion Sabercats to an 81--48 win over Sunrise Mountain High.

CLAIRE HAMMEN

LOVELAND, COLO. > GYMNASTICS

Claire, a sophomore at Loveland High, swept all four events on the first day of the Class 5A championships to win the all-around title with a state-record 39.225 total points. The next day, she won every individual title, scoring 9.75 in vault and bars and 9.9 in floor exercise and balance beam, breaking the beam record (9.85). A junior international elite gymnast, she won the all-around title at the Level 10 Colorado state championships last year to qualify a second time for the Junior Olympics.

ERNESTO BAYAUA

HOUSTON > POOL

Bayaua, a 35-year-old bartender, won the 18th annual U.S. Amateur Pool Championship in Tampa, coming back from a 6--1 deficit in the final to defeat former titleholder Ron Park of Charlotte 11--9. Bayaua was one of just 128 players among 2,177 competitors to qualify for the double-elimination title rounds, where he defeated nine opponents in eight-ball and nine-ball matches in a race-to-seven format to reach the final. With his win, he earned a spot at the 2012 U.S. Open Pro championship.

MALIA GONZALES | LUIS MARTINEZ

RIO RANCHO, N.MEX. > CROSS-COUNTRY

Malia and Luis, juniors at Cleveland High, won their respective individual state titles to lead the Storm to the girls' and boys' Class 5A team championships on the 5K course at Rio Rancho High. Malia's winning time of 19:44.10 topped the girls' runner-up by more than nine seconds. Luis, the defending state titleholder, extended his winning streak to 12 races with a finish of 15:41.40, more than 40 seconds ahead of the next runner.

BRYAN CHOW

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.

TREY MEYER

NEW ORLEANS > TENNIS

Chow and Meyer, juniors at Williams College, won the NCAA Division III men's doubles title at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile. Seeded first, they defeated California Lutheran's Nicholas Ballou and Ray Worley 6--7, 6--4, 6--3 in the final. They were runners-up in the Super Bowl among the Div.-II, Div.-III, NAIA and JUCO champions. The duo had an 11--1 record in their first season of competition together.

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MR. POPULARITY

When a recent Public Policy Polling survey revealed that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was viewed favorably by a record 89% of Wisconsin respondents, the firm set out to find someone more well-liked. In a poll of 800 Americans on how favorably they viewed famous folk, it did—barely.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN 91%

JESUS CHRIST 90%

AARON RODGERS 89%

GEORGE WASHINGTON 86%

MOTHER TERESA 83%

*Wis. only

BODYWORK

Sweet Kicks, Man

A preseason All-America explains how he knocked off the baby fat

Since arriving in Columbus last fall, Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger has shed more than 25 pounds, a feat he attributes in part to a steady diet of kickboxing. Try this simple threesome of kicks—in sets of 10 with each foot—to stay on pace with the Buckeyes sophomore.

1. STRAIGHT-AHEAD

Standing with your toes facing a heavy bag, strike and extend with the flat sole of your foot.

2. ROUNDABOUT

Step your plant foot to one side and swing your other leg around, striking with the top of that foot.

3. SIDE KICK

With a shoulder toward the bag, kick out with your sole, extending leg parallel to the ground.

THREE ILLUSTRATIONSILLUSTRATIONS BY JASON LEE PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (SULLINGER) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (RODGERS) PHOTOCORBIS (LINCOLN) PHOTOMUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK/CORBIS (WASHINGTON) PHOTOJP LAFFONT/SYGMA/CORBIS (MOTHER TERESA) PHOTOSPLENDID PHOTOGRAPHY (LEDECKY)
PHOTOKATY RUBEN (FOSTER) PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE HAMMEN FAMILY (HAMMEN) PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE AMERICAN POOLPLAYERS ASSOCIATION (BAYAUA) PHOTOANTHONY JARAMILLO/TONY CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY (GONZALES) PHOTOANTHONY JARAMILLO/TONY CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY (MARTINEZ) PHOTOKRIS DUFOUR/WILLIAMS COLLEGE (CHOW) PHOTOKRIS DUFOUR/WILLIAMS COLLEGE (MEYER)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)