MINASI COMPETES AT JUNIOR NATIONALS
Bluffton High School senior Jake Minasi, who swims for the Bluffton Fins swim team, competed last week in the USA Swimming Junior National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.
Minasi qualified for the nationals earlier this month at the S.C. Long Course State Championships in Columbia. He won state titles in the 100-meter backstroke (59.32 seconds), the 200-meter backstroke (2:09.34) and also qualified in the 100-meter butterfly.
On Tuesday, Minasi finished the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.81, good for 126th of 161. In the 100-meter butterfly on Wednesday, Minasi finished in 57.9, 148th of 178. And in the 100-meter backstroke on Thursday, Minasi posted a 59.32, 133rd of 155.
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DATAW'S ENNIS HONORED WITH ATHLETIC TRAINERS' SERVICE AWARD
Kevin Ennis, manager of the community center at Dataw Island, received the Dan Libera Service Award at the National Athletic Symposium in Las Vegas in June.
The award, established in 1995 by the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Trainers, has been given to fewer than 75 people nationally. It is awarded to those who show exceptional dedication to the BOC's mission and have made enduring contributions to the BOC's programs.
At Dataw Island, Ennis oversees a variety of health and fitness programs, including the coordination of personal trainers for residents' use and the organization of community activities and weekly classes.
Ennis also has served as the president of the South Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association, and was an athletic trainer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also developed and help implement fitness and performance programs for Van der Meer Tennis Academy and the Golf Academy of Hilton Head Island.