Tro­jan Swim­mers Make A Splash

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - News - By JACK DANILEWICZ

For all the suc­cess Mililani High School’s girls and boys swim­ming teams have in the pool, there can be no doubt that the Tro­jans at­tract “char­ac­ter kids” first and fore­most, to hear head coach Wes Endo tell it.

“Most of them have very good at­ti­tudes, and they’re highly in­tel­li­gent,” Endo said of his teams.“I don’t have to worry about grades. Swim­ming is a de­mand­ing sport. We don’t have our own pool, and yet they do their best, which makes me very happy.”

As in past years, mem­bers of both teams are poised to have an im­pact at this week­end’s Lo­cal Mo­tion State Swim­ming and Div­ing Cham­pi­onships at Kame­hameha Schools. The state meet be­gins on Fri­day, with the swim­ming tri­als at 3:30 p.m. The fi­nals will run on Satur­day start­ing at 1 p.m. Last week­end, both teams were try­ing to de­fend their Oahu In­ter­scholas­tic As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tles from 2009 in the over­all league cham­pi­onships. Mililani claimed the OIA West reg­u­lar-sea­son cham­pi­onship in both the boys and girls divi­sion in ear­lier weeks.

In the girls divi­sion, se­nior Kiana White leads the way for Mililani. The OIA cham­pion in both the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard breast stroke as a ju­nior last sea­son, White went on to fin­ish sec­ond in the 200 IM last Fe­bru­ary at the state fi­nals and has high hopes again this week­end.

“She’s al­ways been steady, and she doesn’t like to lose,” Endo said of White, who com­petes on the 200 med­ley and 400 free-style re­lay teams as well. Fel­low se­nior De­siree Maz­zone also is poised to end her prep ca­reer in style, in her coach’s view.

“She’s just pow­er­ful,” he said of Maz­zone, whose events in­clude the 100 back stroke and the 50 freestyle. “She has a good feel for the wa­ter.”

Else­where on the girls ros-

Se­nior Kiana White of Mililani High (above) leads the way for the girls swim team.

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