Buth and Nickitas, a junior and a sophomore, respectively, at Florida, became the first women's doubles tennis team to repeat as NCAA champion when they beat Georgia's Michelle Anderson and Marissa Catlin 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Buth and Nickitas finished the year with a 25-3 record. Buth, an All-America in doubles and singles, played No. 1 singles for the Gators and finished the season ranked No. 9 in NCAA play, with a 29-10 mark. Nickitas, who played No. 4 singles, went 35-6 and had a 20-match singles winning streak. By winning the NCAAs, Buth and Nickitas qualified for the women's doubles draw of the U.S. Open.
Vasquez, a junior civil engineering major at Cal State-Los Angeles, was the lead driver—he drove 18 of 28 hours—of Solar Eagle III, the winning car in Sunrayce 97, a 1,230-mile solar-powered-car race from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs. Cal State-L.A. beat runner-up M.I.T. by nearly 20 minutes.
WILSON BOROUGH, PA.
Newman, 50, a personal trainer and grandmother, established four International Powerlifting Association world records for the 105-pound women's amateur masters' division by squatting 200 pounds, benching 120 and deadlifting 235 for a total of 555.
FOREST PARK, OHIO
Kevin, 14, sank a three-foot putt on the first playoff hole to beat Kyle Reifers, 13, of Dublin, Ohio, and win the PGA Junior Series 13-14 age group at Chestnut Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. He shot a four-over-par 148 for the 36-hole tournament.
Andy, a senior pitcher-outfielder for Gainesville High, wrapped up a 23-0 record, with a 1.03 ERA, for the past two seasons by pitching a complete-game victory over Lovett High in the first game of the Class AA state baseball championship series, which the Red Elephants won for the second year in a row.