Pacific Athletes of the Week for the March 19 edition
March 17, 2009
John GrahamSwimming Seoul AmericanLast week:
Broke the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference 100-meter individual medley record, swimming it in 1 minute, 2.08 seconds, .89 seconds better than the old record set by Andrew Park of Seoul Foreign.
Graham, a sophomore, in a stretch of eight days broke three KAIAC records, in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke as well as the 100 IM. Additionally, Graham shattered six Seoul American school records during that span.
"On the pool deck, he’s just another Falcon swimmer, but when he steps up to race, he really puts it all out there and stands out from the crowd," coach Michael Schmidt said.
"He is certainly an asset to the Seoul American swimming program. I’m excited to see what he’s able to do, not only the rest of this KAIAC season but also in the years ahead."
Began the season in high style, scoring seven times and recording eight assists as the Trojans swept three games at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
Scored five times and assisted on another goal as the Panthers won two games in wet, windy, miserable conditions at Panthers Field against Japanese teams.
McDonald, a senior, scored the only goal of the Panthers’ 1-0 shutout of Naha Nishi. Then in a surprising 9-0 rout of island champion Nago, McDonald scored four times and assisted on a goal by freshman Kristie Kariban. Despite starting five freshmen, the Panthers have gone 3-0-1 in their first four matches.
"She is a very quiet, but strong-minded student and very good leader," coach Hoa Nguyen said. "She’s been with me for four years and she knows my expectations and knows how to lead a young team toward the expectations and goals we’ve set for the season. She speaks to them as a fellow player, not as an upperclassman."
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff