HUNTINGTON BEACH — For Kaleigh Gilchrist, a summer vacation from USC can be seen as an excuse to travel around the world.
Just look at her July. Gilchrist, a 2010 Newport Harbor High graduate, said she went to Croatia, Montenegro and Italy on a training trip with the Trojans women's water polo team. Last week, she surfed at a six-star Assn. of Surfing Professionals event in Peru.
But for Gilchrist, like most college students, it is good to be home. She showed that she continues to be a two-sport stud, putting on a show for plenty of her Orange County friends and family Saturday at theU.S. Openof Surfing.
Gilchrist made the finals of the Junior Women's Pro event, finishing fourth on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The effort netted her 492 ratings points, as well as $650.
Nikki Van Dijk of Australia won the finals with 14.90 points, followed by Leila Hurst of Hawaii (12.33) and Quincy Davis of New York (11.83).