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Swimmers excel at KIF championships

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i High freshman swimmer Kamaira Silva used the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation championships Saturday at the YMCA pool in Lihue as her showcase.

The KIF championships name is deceiving, and although it is referred to as a championship meet, the gathering isn’t a qualifier for the 2020 Division II K. Mark Takai Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 14-15 at the Kihei Aquatic Complex in Maui, but an all-star showcase, and a sendoff for some of the senior competitors.

Silva shattered the 2015 KIF championship meet record in the 100-yard freestyle, recorded a time of 54.19, and said the time was precisely what she aimed for in this event. The previous record was held by Yasmine Ware in 2015. Her time was 54.44,

The Red Raiders’ freshman will head to the state meet qualifying in four freestyle events: 50-, 100-, 200- and 500-yard distances.

“I just wanted to go all-out, break the record, and go fast,” Silva said after she achieved the record. “When I broke the record, I am proud of myself, and I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy thing to do, but I did it.”

Silva wasn’t the only Red Raider to shine in the KIF showcase.

Silva’s Red Raider teammate Kai Norman also got an opportunity to showcase his skills in the event that wasn’t as pressure-packed as a state-qualifying meet.

Norman excelled in a more laid-back atmosphere.

“It is one of my favorite meets because it is the most hyped, and everyone is in such a good mood,” Norman said during a 15-minute break. “I’ve been swimming with these kids for eight years, and we’ve been racing so much back-and-forth.”

The junior captured first in two events, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.36 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.29 seconds.

“The whole meet is just fun, and it’s a swimming meet to have fun, and you get to experience so much,” Norman said. “I felt like I had some great times, and finishes, and I really can’t complain about how I performed in the meet.”

Team work, dream work (subhead)

The Kaua‘i High girls and boys teams both placed first in the team-scoring aspect of the meet.

The Red Raider girls finished with 105 points, and the boys finished with 99 points.

Warriors’ star racer Maddie Hoesel placed first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07:85.

Hoesel was also a member of the Warriors’ victorious 200-yard freestyle relay team. The team of Lani Alo, Asha McGinnis, Chloe Zumwalt and Hoesel recorded a time of 1:53.99.

Island School’s Olivia Lutkevich placed first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:44.22.

Kaua‘i High’s Julia Safford finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.35, and her Red Raider teammates placed first in the 400-yard freestyle relay. That team included Malia Splittstoesser, Miya Reese, Alana Cayabyab and Silva, recording a time of 4:07.91.

Splittstoesser finished first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:14.79, and Cayabyab placed first in the girls’ 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:28.04, and earlier in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.74.

The Warriors boys and girls teams finished second in both team events. The girls team finished with 67 points, and the boys finished with 55 points.

The Kapa‘a 200-yard medley relay team of Treysen Nishida, Tyler Tanaka, Ian Raquel and Braden Chang placed first with a time of 1:53.08 seconds.

Tanaka would also place first in the boys 200-yard individual medley, with a time of 2:07.72 seconds.

Raquel placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.32, and first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:16.98 seconds.

Kaua‘i sophomore Kai Mottley finished the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.45 seconds.

The Red Raider 200-yard freestyle team of Norman, Reese, Asher Griffith and Jeremy Herr finished with a time of 1:42.49.

Jacob Rich finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.40, and Kapa‘a’s Tanaka finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.19.

The Kaua‘i 400-yard freestyle relay team of Ryden Williams, Destrey Shibuya, Kai Mottley and Norman placed first with a time of 3:34.27.

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Jason Blasco, sports reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or jblasco@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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