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Briefs: Gilchrist helps Team USA open with wins

Newport Harbor High alumna Kaleigh Gilchrist scored once as the United States women's water polo national team topped Canada, 16-5, on Wednesday in its second game at the FINA World League Super Final in Kunshan, China.

Team USA opened competition Tuesday with an 11-10 shootout victory over Russia. Gilchrist scored in the shootout, which the Americans won, 5-4, after playing to a 6-6 tie through regulation.

The United States dominated agaisnt Canada, taking an 8-2 halftime lead. Gilchrist, who recently graduated from USC, scored the sixth goal for Team USA.

Team USA continues the tournament Thursday, with a game against Spain.

— From staff reports

OCC rowers shine

The Orange Coast College novice eight boat won the title at the American Collegiate Rowing Assn. Championship, held last month at Lake Ranier, Ga.

The winning OCC boat, consisting of Benjamin Williams, Nick Inserra, Mason Rosenau, Ian Wright, Dylan Goodman, Stephen Sorbom, Matthew Kouyoumdjian, Jose Colon and coxswain Daniel McNamara finished the 2,000-meter course in five minutes, 55.5 seconds, nearly two seconds better than runner-up UC Santa Barbara.

OCC's second novice eight boat finished second. Those Pirates were Garry Jenkins, Alexander Frost, Kevin Marusca, Reese Schwab, Anthony Gomez, Preston Riggs, Grant Coultrup, Andrew Cocotis and coxswain Carly San Filippo.

OCC's second novice eight finished in 6:18.2, nearly five seconds off the pace of victorious Notre Dame.

— From staff reports

Morse to be inducted

Lindsay Morse, who won the 1974 Southern California Intercollegiate tennis title in both singles and doubles while helping UC Irvine capture the women's team title, will be inducted into the ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame at the College of William & Mary on Nov. 15.

Morse, who began her career at UCI in 1973, ranks No. 2 in UCI annals in career wins in singles (96) and doubles (64). Her singles and doubles winning percentages (.860) and (.840) are the best in the program's history. She lost only 15 singles matches and 12 doubles matches in her four-year career.

She was runner-up in women's singles and doubles at the National Collegiate Championships in 1974. Also that year, she won the National Amateur Clay Court Doubles Championships in Memphis and was runner-up in singles.

In 1977, she won the singles title the National Collegiate Championship in Baton Rouge, La. and was also named UCI's Student-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first female to win the award.

An All-American in 1977 and 1978, Bennett spent a year playing professional tennis and reached a career high singles ranking on No. 39 in 1980. Since retiring, she has taught tennis lessons at various clubs and plays on various USTA teams.

She represented the U.S. in the BP Cup, which was a college competition held between the U.S. and England.

— From staff reports

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