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Faces in the Crowd
Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
April 15, 2013
AARON GORDON
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April 15, 2013

Faces In The Crowd

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ESPOO, FINLAND > ICE HOCKEY

Räty, a senior goaltender at Minnesota, made 47 saves in two games at the Frozen Four, including 21 in a 6--3 finals win over Boston, to help the Gophers finish the season 41-0-0 and win a second straight national championship. Named most outstanding player of the tournament for the second year in a row, she had 17 shutouts in 2012--13 and led the NCAA with a .956 save percentage. Räty started for Finland's bronze-medal-winning team at the '10 Olympics.

SAM KENDRICKS

OXFORD, MISS. > TRACK AND FIELD

Kendricks, a sophomore pole vaulter at Mississippi, cleared an NCAA-season-best 19' ¾" to win the title at the Texas Relays in Austin and shatter his own school record, which he set at the SEC championships last May (18' ½"). The highest vault in the world so far this year, it was also the best in the NCAA since 1998 and the fifth highest in collegiate history. Through Sunday, Kendricks had won seven consecutive regular-season college pole vault competitions, dating to last April.

ALANI JOHNSON

VIRGINIA BEACH > SOCCER

Alani, a junior forward at the Cape Henry Collegiate School, had a hat trick in a 4--0 win over her former team, Bayside High, for which she had a team-high 21 goals and 17 assists last year. In January her goal lifted the U-17 Richmond Kickers to a 2--1 victory over Beadling Soccer Club (Bridgeville, Pa.) and a second straight title at the Disney Soccer Showcase. Last month Alani helped the Olympic Development Program's Region I team win the Kuban Spring Tournament in Sochi, Russia.

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