Granite Bay grad Anderson is top college swimmer of week

Capitals will host Serena Williams, local football players to be honored, track and field camp in Roseville, tennis night at Mahany courts
By: Staff reports
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Alyssa Anderson, a junior at the University of Arizona and a 2008 graduate of Granite Bay High School, was selected as one of six Counsilman-Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmers of the Week, according to

Anderson was honored by the website after winning three events for Arizona in a 177-123 victory over rival Arizona State.

She won the 200 butterfly in 1 minute, 57.59 seconds and then claimed the 500 freestyle in 4:50.19. Anderson has the fastest time in the country in the 500 free. She finished with a win in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:02.51.

A team captain at Arizona, Anderson recently was selected to the United States team for the World University Games this summer in Shenzhen, China.

Capitals will be host to Serena Williams this season
The Sacramento Capitals announced this week they will return to the Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights this summer for their World TeamTennis home matches, one of which will include Serena Williams playing for the Washington Kastles.

Williams, a 27-time Grand Slam champion, including 13 singles crowns, is returning to the Kastles, who won the WTT crown in 2009.

The season schedule hasn’t been released.

The Capitals selected Mardy Fish with the third pick in the WTT Marquee Player Draft. Fish, 29, is ranked 17th in the ATP World Tour rankings. He has won five ATP singles titles, is a six-time U.S. team member for the Davis Cup, and he won a silver medal in the 2002 Beijing Olympics.

Local football players to be honored
Five high school football players from Roseville and Granite Bay will be among 26 to be honored by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Nick Blaser and Beau Smith of Roseville and Cory Brehm, Matt Kasner and Andrew Wright of Granite Bay will be honored March 10 at a dinner in Sacramento.

A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required for the scholar-athlete award. The honorees are provided with a tuxedo for the event, and they receive a medal and certificate and take a group photo, according to Sylvia Havens of the Sacramento Valley Chapter.

Track club to hold three-day camp
The Revolution Express Track Club of Roseville will hold a Run, Jump, Throw Camp on Tuesday through Thursday, March 1-3, at Rocklin High School.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 and 6-year-old first-graders. The camp is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. each day and costs $45 per camper. Registration will be held from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Rocklin High track. Campers should wear running shorts and shoes and a T-shirt and should bring sweat pants and shirt and water.

Campers will participate in running (three-point starts, relay baton handoffs, hurdle technique and form); throwing (discus, shot put, turbo javelin); long, triple and high jumps; the pole vault; and race-walking.

For information, call (916) 786-7288 or visit

Tennis Night at Mahany courts
The Roseville Community Tennis Association is hosting Tennis Night in America for the first time at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Mahany courts in Roseville.

Youth players will have the opportunity during the event to sign up for RCTA spring and summer programs, including leagues and team tennis. The event is sponsored by the United States Tennis Association.

RCTA professional instructors are scheduled to conduct free clinics and demonstrations.

- Staff reports