Talon Lindquist

Talon Lindquist

Talon Lindquist — the island’s most decorated male swimmer — will rub shoulders with Olympic-level swimmers over the next four days. 

Lindquist, a 2018 graduate of Kodiak High School and current sophomore at the University of Hawaii, is swimming at the Toyota U.S. Open that begins today at the Georgia Tech McAueley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The meet draws the nation’s best swimmers.  

Lindquist is swimming the 200-meter individual medley, the 400 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. 

His highest seeding is 30th out of 83 swimmers in the 400 IM with time of 4 minutes, 27.42 seconds. Jay Litherland, a 2016 Olympian, has the top seed time of 4:09.22. The legendary Michael Phelps owns the meet record of 4:05.25, set in 2009. 

Lindquist is seeded 55th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.04 and is seeded 61st in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 57.32. Matt Grevers, a six-time Olympic medalist,  is seeded first with a time of 52.75. 

Katie Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medalist and current world record holder in three events, headlines the meet. She will be swimming in seven events over the four days. 

Portions of the meet will be streamed live on usaswimming.org and nbcsports.com. Lindquist’s preliminary swims will be Thursday and Friday.



Kordell Pillans will make his FCS playoff debut when sixth-seeded Montana hosts Southeastern Louisiana in a second-round game Saturday at 11 a.m. Alaska Standard Time. 

Southeastern Louisiana advanced to the second round with a come-from-behind 45-44 win over No. 8 Villanova in the opening round of the playoffs. 

Montana (9-3, 6-2) tied for second in the Big Sky standings and will host a playoff game for the first time since 2015. 

The game can be streamed on ESPN3. 

Pillans, a 6-foot-6, 333-pound offensive guard, is a redshirt junior for Montana. This is his first season with the Grizzlies. 



Kalameli Matautia, a senior at Webber International University, was named to all-academic team for the Sun Conference.

Matautia concluded her playing career at Webber with a spectacular senior season. She led the team in kills (244), total attacks (745), hitting percentage (.146) and digs (177).


Bethany Carstens — the daughter of former Kodiak state champion wrestler Dan Carstens — has not slowed down at Chicago State University. 

The 2019 graduate of Nikiski High School pumped in a team-high 20 points in a 96-65 loss to UC Santa Barbara Sunday at the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nevada. 

Carstens, a 5-foot-9 freshman guard, was 4 for 7 on 3-pointers, while also grabbing four rebounds in 25 minutes. 

Carstens is averaging 12.8 points and is shooting 54% from beyond the arc (13 for 24) in six games for the NCAA Division I school.    


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