Hartwick College water polo player Kamila Zakirova will play for the Kazakhstan National Team in the upcoming Asian Aquatics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Kazakhstan will open the ninth annual round-robin championships Monday against Hong Kong and follow with games against Sri Lanka (Tuesday), Singapore (Thursday), India (Nov. 23), Uzbekistan (Nov. 24), and China (Nov. 25).
The championships serve as the qualification tournament for the 2013 FINA World Championships, which will be held in July in Barcelona, Spain. The team with the best record after round-robin play at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Sports Complex will earn the Asian Aquatics Championships title.
Zakirova represented Kazakhstan at the 2009 junior and 2011 senior world championships. She also participated in the 2012 Asian Games.
Zakirova finished her 2012 season at Hartwick as the college’s outstanding female freshman athlete, the CWPA Western Division Rookie of the Year and a Second Team CWPA Western Division selection.
Also a CWPA Eastern Championships Second Team pick, Zakirova ranked second at Hartwick last season in assists (43), steals (58) and points (tie, 102), and finished third in goals (59).
Delhi 57, F-M 56
Ismael Pierre and Quayshaun Mitchell scored 15 points apiece to lead undefeated SUNY Delhi to a Mountain Valley Conference victory on the road Thursday.
Lateek Anderson made two free throws with 6 seconds left to give the Broncos a 57-53 lead. Fulton-Montgomery converted a quick three-point play, but time expired.
Anderson redeemed himself after missing two foul shots with about 30 seconds left and Delhi ahead, 55-50. The Raiders followed with a three-pointer, then fouled Anderson on the ensuing possession.
The Broncos, who are ranked second among NJCAA Division III teams, rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to improve to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the MVC.
Pierre also grabbed 11 rebounds for Delhi, which received 13 points and five assists from sophomore Stefan Bock.