LIHU‘E — It may be billed as a Fun Meet, but you could not tell that from the Mokihana Aquatics swimmers participating in the two-day meet as they flocked around the revised site sheet anxious to find out who their competitors were, and more importantly, what lanes they drew for the event.
The swimmers returned to practice Thursday afternoon after their Tuesday practice was called off due to problems with the pool, but that was rectified, and Mokihana coach Orlando Anaya is already looking ahead to a good meet this weekend.
“The weather reports say the front should pass over us by Friday night, so we’ll have little or no wind, and record temperatures this weekend,” Anaya said, making a note to remind his swimmers to hydrate prior to the meet.
Anaya also noted that spectators will have lots of liquid refreshments available through the food booth, but sun block is almost a necessity.
One of the Mokihana swimmers on the move in this event will be Keyah Agoot who will be competing in the 11-12 age group after only recently being moved into this division.
Anaya said she will be attempting to better her seed times in preparation for the bigger meets that lie ahead in the year.
Currently, Agoot posts a 1:11.82 time in the Women 11-12 100-yard Freestyle, a 37.62 in the Women 11-12 50-yard Butterfly event, a 1:25.68 post in the Women 11-12 100-meter Individual Medley, a 33.15 Women 11-12 50-yard Freestyle seed, and a 38.93 in the Women 11-12 50-yard backstroke, all of these times earning Agoot a favorable lane position during the meet.
Agoot is just one of the promising swimmers with Anaya pointing out that there should be some good competition from the 38 Mokihana water people competing.
Keenan Anaya has already established himself as a strong swimmer with Anaya, who is 14, posting strong times against older swimmers in the Men 18 and Under division.
Michelle Woltmon, Kellie Oshiro, Mandy Suda, and Juli Blachowiak post top times in the Women 11-12 group for the hosting Mokihana club while Kelsey
Tanaka holds a strong boys’ position in the Men 11-12 division.
Kyson Gusukuma, Tyson Chihara, and Aaron Ramelb look to be strong contenders in the Men 13-14 division with Meaghan Sims and Mele Scanlon-Givens leading the girls in that division.
Katelyn Umetsu, Jamie Sibayan, and Torrey Ikeda will be the Mokihana leaders in the Women 18 and Under group while Keenan Anaya, Randy Umetsu, and Kai Perry anchor the Men 18 and Under grouping, Anaya swimming as a 14-year-old, and Perry at 15 years of age.
The meet is a US nationally-sanctioned meet.