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Briefs: Local trio advances

Conlogue, Gilchrist, Doheny remain alive in respective divisions at Nike U.S. Open of Surfing.

August 01, 2012

Sage Hill School graduate Courtney Conlogue has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's Pro division at the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing near the Huntington Beach Pier.

Newport Harbor High product Kaleigh Gilchrist is in the semifinals of the Women's Junior Pro event, while Newport Beach resident Andrew Doheny has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Men's Junior Pro.

Conlogue, 19, ranked No. 5 on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals women's World Championship Tour ratings, won two heats on Wednesday to advance. Her lopsided victory in round 2 gave her an automatic berth in the quarterfinals. It also produced the day's biggest women's score of 17.27 points out of a possible 20. That heat also included a score of 9.10 on one wave.

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"I think having that early morning heat today allowed me to shake the nerves out," Conlogue said afterward. "I think I was on the wrong equipment [Tuesday] and [Wednesday] my board was going perfectly through those flat sections. I'm glad I had that morning heat to work things out."

Conlogue, a Santa Ana resident competing in her home break, is receiving plenty of crowd support.

"I was pretty nervous before this event for some reason," Conlogue said. "I think I was trying to aim too much for perfection and not focusing on the basics, which is what I've been training so hard for and working on. [Wednesday], I just calmed down and realized it's just another World Tour event and [I need to] do what I've been practicing. It feels so good getting another fifth here already [guaranteed minimum placing], so I'm glad I don't have to do another sudden-death round because Sage [Erickson] and Tyler [Wright] have been surfing amazing."

Conlogue will meet the winner of the round 4 heat between Wright of Australia and Malia Manuel in the quarterfinals.

Gilchrist, 20, a sophomore on the 2012 USC women's water polo team, will compete in the semifinals on Saturday. In her semifinal heat will also be Americans Frankie Harrer and Bailey Nagy, as well as Australian Nikki Van Dijk. The women's junior pro finals are also scheduled Saturday.

Doheny topped his four-man heat on Wednesday, setting up a quarterfinal clash Thursday against Americans Taylor Thome and Derek Peters, as well as Australian Cooper Chapman.

— From staff reports

Korber takes second

Sage Hill School incoming senior Liana Korber made the finals of the Michael Chang Tennis Classic high school tournament over the weekend.

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