Weekly roundup: Hobcaw Yacht Club member sails to impressive finishing in national championship

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Austin Ando, 14, is a member of the Hobcaw Yacht Club. He recently competed in a national championship. PHOTO PROVIDED

Austin Ando, a 14-year-old member of Hobcaw Yacht Club, Prime Race Team and Lake Ontario Optimist Team finished fifth in the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) National Championships in Grosse Point, Mich. The championships were completed over four days.

Ando also finished in fourth place in the red fleet out of 294 optimist sailboats. Because of his strong showing, he qualified for the USODA Team Trials in April 2014.


Annika Bovender, a rising junior standout golfer at Academic Magnet High School, finished in second place in the S.C. Junior Girls Match Play Championship last week. Bovender went into a playoff with Cayla Smith, of Easley, before losing on the second extra hole.

Bovender trailed by three holes after No. 11, but won the final three to force extras. Smith won with a par score on a par four.

Bovender won three matches to advance to the championship.

Smith’s road to the final included knocking off another Mount Pleasant player, Savannah Hallman, in the first round.


The Park West Pirates youth swim team won the East Cooper Swim League Championships, held this past Saturday at Park West Recreation Center. Park West scored 581.50 points, edging second place Rivertowne Country Club, which totaled 556 points.

Rivertowne Wando grabbed third, the Hamlin Hammerheads secured fourth and the Hobcaw Creek Dolphins came in fifth. Wild Dunes Dolphins, Mount Pleasant Kingfish and Creekside Crocodiles finished the field, coming in sixth through eighth places, respectively.


The Alzheimer’s Association finished its fifth annual “Ride to Remember” cycling event across South Carolina on Sunday in Mount Pleasant. A group of more than 100 cyclists started the 252-mile ride in Simpsonville on Friday and made stops in Newberry and Orangeburg to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, according to an Associated Press report.

Almost 80,000 South Carolinians are living with the disease or have a related dementia, according to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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