SKA posts 24 qualifiers for Age Group SCY Championships

Dec. 5 is the deadline to register for the Age Group SCY Championships which will be held at the Kona Community Aquatic Center from Dec. 15 through 18 on the Big Island, and Swim Kauai Aquatics has a total of 24 swimmers qualified for the event following its Nov. 18 home meet.

“Relays always add to the excitement of the meet,” said SKA Coach Curt Colby. “We have enough swimmers to enter the 15 and 16 girls relays, the 13 and 14 girls relays, and the 11 and 12 boys relays.”

Following the home meet, SKA has Mahina Dameron qualified for 10 events, and Heidee Kaeo for nine events in the 10 and under girls division. Chloe Inouye qualified for two events as well as two bonus events in the 11 and 12 boys and girls class.

Trevyn Nishimura made the cut for three events and two bonus events in the 11 and 12 boys division, being joined by Lucas McSweeney who has seven qualifying events, and “T” Perreira with two events and two bonus events.

“We’ll have Micah Vallance at the meet, and with him, we have enough for the 11 and 12 relays,” Colby said.

Hayley Jay Kaeo leads the girls in the 13 and 14 division with seven state cuts. She is joined by Sadie Stearns who has two state swims and two bonus events, Alana Cayabyab who has five events and a bonus, and Kamaira Silva with two events and two bonus events.

Xaveria Rodriguez, who just finished the Fall Senior Champs a few weeks ago, has five events in the 15 and 16 girls. She is joined by Maddie Hoesel, who has four events, Malia Splittstoesser with three events, Sadie Stearns with two events, and Julia Safford with two events.

Akira Williams leads the 15 and 16 boys class with nine events followed by Henry Scherer qualifying for four events, and Dutch Fairbanks getting one state swim.

Kaira Ka‘aihue, qualifying for five state swims, is the sole 17 and 18 girls entrant. Jack Machorek, qualifying for 13 events, and Zach Safford, qualifying for 11 events, make up the 17 and 18 age group. Machorek and Safford recently made good splashes at the Fall Seniors Champs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa pool.

With just days remaining before registrations are due, Tyler Tanaka, Kamaira Silva and Heidee Kaeo will be competing at the 38th annual Ken Suenaga Invitational meet on Oahu on Saturday in an attempt at securing additional state cuts, Colby said.

In addition to posting state qualifying swims, the SKA home meet also saw its share of perfect meets from Alana Cayabyab, 14, Asher Griffith, 13, Kaolu Kaeo, 7, Tai Kjeldsen, 10, Olivia Lutkevich, 14, T. Perreira, 11, Nick Rojas, 11, Knowlton Sanchez, 8, and Micah Vallance, 11.

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