Trojan Swimmers Make A Splash
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.”
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Senior Kiana White of Mililani High (above) leads the way for the girls swim team.