Kapa’a girls, Kaua’i’s Anaya win KIF swim

Keenan Anaya remains the only undefeated swimmer in KIF swimming this year. In the third qualifying meet of the season, Kaua’i High’s freshman continued to highlight KIF swimming.

Anaya was the only winner of two individual races this week, making state qualifying times in both the 200 and 500 freestyle, and setting another KIF pool record in the 500 free. He now holds four of the eight individual pool records.

Swims by last year’s KIF swimmer of the year, Kapa’a’s Kelii Akana-Kaaihue, (50 free) and Waimea’s all-star Bo Domingcil (100 free) both made state qualifying times and KIF records. Domingcil qualified in the 200-yard free.

Kapa’a’s other all-star, Jeremy Albano, also made a state time and won the 100 yard breaststroke. Kapa’a’s and Kaua’i’s boys’ 200-yard medley relay team made state times as did Kauai’s 400-yard free relay team. Other individual race winners, boys’ division, were Kapa’a’s Michael Maddock (200 individual medley), Kaua’i’s Matt Murray (100 fly) and Waimea’s Eric Oroc (100 backstroke).

Kapa’a girls continued to dominate. This week’s charge was led by Liana Nakazawa (200 individual medley), Zuri Pommerenk (100 free) and Amy Lloyd (50 free). Lloyd upset previously unbeaten Katelyn Umetsu, handing the Waimea star her first loss in two years of high school swimming.

Umetsu stormed back to the pool and won the 100 backstroke by nearly 6 seconds, setting a new KIF record.

Other girls’ individual race winners included Kauai’s Roxanne DuBois (200 free) and Jennifer Schad (500 free), Island School’s Erin Emberson (100 fly) and Waimea’s Leilani Alquiza (100 breast).

The meet was held last weekend at the Kaua’i High School pool and hosted by Kula School.

The last KIF qualifying meet before the championships will be hosted by Waimea at the Kaua’i High School Pool on Saturday, Feb. 8. The meet will start at 1:00 p.m. due to SAT testing.

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