Lindquist wins 500 freestyle, one of 3 Alaskans on Hawaii team
Kodiak’s Talon Lindquist earned his first victory for the University of Hawaii swim team during a dual meet with the Wisconsin Badgers.
The freshman won the men’s 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 34.46 seconds, beating seven other NCAA D1 swimmers.
Lindquist, of Kodiak High fame, has turned in top-3 performances in previous meets, placing second in the 400 individual medley against Cal State Bakersfield and third in the 200 IM against Santa Barbara.
The former high school All-American also had two fourth-place finishes against Wisconsin, in the 400 IM and as a member of the 200 medley relay.
He is one of three Alaskans on the Hawaii swimming and diving team.
The other two are sister Tahna Lindquist of Kodiak and diver Jami Stone of Chugiak.
Stone, of Eagle River High fame, is the best diver for Hawaii.
The junior has earned first-team all-league honors in 1-meter diving in each of the last two years in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. She was a second-team pick in 3-meter diving as a sophomore.
Stone is also a star in the classroom. The Kinesiology major owns MPSF All-Academic honors and has been named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team.
In the meet against Wisconsin, she was third in 1-meter (missing second place by .3 points) and second in 3-meter.
Lindquist, a senior, is one of Hawaii’s most decorated female swimmers with a MPSF gold medal in the 800 free relay and a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke to go with her multiple all-league awards.
As a junior, she earned second-team All-MPSF honors in the 200 back.
As a sophomore, she was first team in the 800 free relay and 200 back, and second team in the 100 back.
And as a freshman, she won first-team honors in the 200 back and second-team in the 100 back.