SKA swim­mers com­pete in vir­tual all-is­land pen­tathlon

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

It was a tough week for the Swim Kauai Aquat­ics team with the loss of team par­ent, Mike Splittstoesser, who died Sept. 6 at the age of 49. With his wife Lisa’s con­sent, the meet was named in his honor. He was a great sup­porter of the team, es­pe­cially to all the young swim­mers. He al­ways had an en­cour­ag­ing word and a warm smile, and he will be missed dearly.

The Mike Splittstoesser All-Is­land Pen­tathlon was a vir­tual meet open to all the Hawai­ian Is­lands that took place Sept. 9. Teams from each is­land swam the same events and sub­mit­ted the re­sults to a com­mon data base. They were then ranked against each other to see how the swim­mers matched up against all swim­mers of the same age and sex.

“It was a good kick­off meet for the win­ter sea­son,” said coach Curt Colby.

The next qual­i­fy­ing meet is on Oct. 7 at the YMCA.

“We will get back to work and keep on im­prov­ing our con­di­tion­ing and tech­nique so we can qual­ify for the Bill Smith Meet & Se­nior (Cham­pi­onships) and State (Cham­pi­onships) in Kona,” Colby said. “Again, I thank the par­ents and of­fi­cials for vol­un­teer­ing to make these com­pe­ti­tions pos­si­ble for these ath­letes.”

The events in­cluded all strokes and cul­mi­nated in a 100-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley. There were many stand­out swims from more than 40 SKA swim­mers. The top swim­mer of the meet was Mahina Dameron, 10, who achieved first place of all the is­land swim­mers in her age group. Next high­est rank swim­mer was Jack Ma­chorek, 16, who pulled off four out of five best times for a sec­ond place of all the 16-year-old boys. Other swim­mers in the top 10 of their cat­e­gories were Mar- cus Robin­son, 17, in fifth place, Akira Wil­liams, 16, in fifth place, Ry­den Wil­liams, 14, in sev­enth place, Isaac Val­lance, 14, in eighth place and Alana Cayabyab, 14, in eighth place.

Swim­mers com­plet­ing all five events and plac­ing in the top 20 were: Si­las Adams, 9, in 12th, Pu­lama Kaeo, 10, in 13th, Ni­co­las Ro­jas, 10, in 17th, Chloe Inouye, 11, in 15th, Trevyn Nishimura, 11, in 11th, Ne­vaeh Ibanez, 12, in 11th, Ka­maira Silva, 12, in 13th, Lu­cas McSweeney, 13, in 13th, Olivia McSweeney, 14, in 20th and Dutch Fair­banks, 16, in 14th. Two other swim­mers who com­pleted in all the ranked events were “T” Per­ri­era, 11, and Daisy Asai, 13.

First-time com­peti­tor hon­ors went to: Zeke Adams, 5, Ri­ley Carl, 11, Tay­lor Carl, 9, Pope Cur­ren, 11, Koi Pope, 7, Mad­dox Robin­son, 9, and Kohlton Sanchez, 8.

Swim­mers who had new per­sonal bests and new qual­i­fy­ing times were: Moses Adams, 8, who had all best times in five events. Ace Cayabyab, 6, who had a new “A” time in the 50-me­ter but­ter­fly. Luke Ibanez, 7, who had four out of five best times. Kaolu Kaeo, 7, who had three out of five best times. Maiha Kjeld­sen, 7, who had four out of five best times. Mai Kjeld­sen, 9, who had three out of five best times. Natalie Lett, 12, who had three out of four best times. Moanna Lid­dell, 6, who had four out of five best times. Kiki Nishimura, 6, who had four out of five best times. Ahonui Per­reira, 9, who had two out of five best times. “T” Per­reira, 11, also had a new “AA” time which qual­i­fies him for off-is­land meets.

New “AA” time qual­i­fiers are: Ni­co­las Ro­jas, 10, and Mar­cus Robin­son,17. Ju­lia Saf­ford, 15, had three “AA” times and Lei Si­tani, 14, had one out of four best times. Both Henry, 8, and Lucy Whit­more, 6, had two out of five best times.

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