This is an article from the July 9, 2012 issue
LOTUS, CALIF. > SWIMMING
Jordan, a third-grader at the California Montessori Project, swam 1.5 miles from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco's Crissy Beach to become, at nine years and 138 days, the youngest female to complete the course. She finished the Orca Alcatraz Swim Challenge in 54:27 and raised $3,120 for the Nothing But Nets campaign—inspired by a 2006 Rick Reilly column in SI—that donates mosquito nets for Africans.
SANDY, UTAH > TRACK AND FIELD, FOOTBALL
Austin, a freshman at Jordan High, won the Class 5A javelin title with a 199' 5 ¾" throw to set an all-class Utah record. As a quarterback last fall, he threw for 3,188 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,377 yards and 23 scores to lead the Beetdiggers to the state semifinals. The only ninth-grader to make Utah's all-state football list, Austin was named the MaxPreps national freshman of the year.
TYRONE, GA. > LACROSSE
Drew, a junior midfielder and a captain at Woodward Academy, scored a school-record 134 goals this season, the most by any girl named to Georgia's first-team all-state roster. She was also named a U.S. Lacrosse All-America for the second straight year. Drew, who holds 14 team records and played in this year's Under Armour Underclassmen Elite Stars tournament, has verbally committed to USC.
BOCA RATON, FLA. > MOTOR SPORTS
Tristan, a sophomore at #1 Education Place, who drives the Mazda Dnt txt n drV car, won his fifth of six races in his debut IMSA Prototype Lites (closed-wheel sports car) series by more than three seconds on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn course at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. At age 16, he became the youngest winner in series history with a victory at the Sebring International Raceway in March.
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. > TENNIS
Gibbs, a sophomore at Stanford, won the NCAA Division I singles title over teammate Mallory Burdette, then joined with Burdette, a junior, to take the doubles title. It was the first time in NCAA tennis history that partners squared off in the singles final before pairing up to win the doubles. Gibbs, the third Stanford woman in NCAA history to sweep both, was named the ITA women's player of the year.
ASHLAND, ORE. > ULTRAMARATHON
Olson, a 28-year-old sports massage therapist, won the 39th Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile mountain trail race from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Calif., with an elevation change of 41,060 feet, in a record-setting 14:46:44. The first person to finish in under 15 hours, he broke the previous mark by more than 20 minutes. The win also earned Olson the Montrail Ultra Cup overall men's series title.
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The Padres called up Yasmani Grandal from Triple A Tucson last Saturday afternoon, and a few hours later the 23-year-old rookie catcher homered twice in his first big league start, as San Diego beat the Rockies 8--4. After flying out his first time up, the switch-hitting Grandal homered to deep center from the right side of the plate in the fourth inning, then lined a cue shot from the other side over the leftfield fence in the sixth. He is the sixth player with a multihomer game in his first start since 1974, and the first whose initial two hits were homers from opposite sides of the plate in the same game. "Just getting the call-up was something I was really excited about," said Grandal, "but this is indescribable."