Valenciano, Ross qualify for Smith

LIHU’E — Stephan Valenciano and Matthew Ross could take it easy Sunday.

Both Mokihana Aquatics swimmers qualified Saturday to compete in the upcoming Bill Smith swimming meet scheduled for Oct. 29-30 at the University of Hawai’i pool.

Coach Orlando Anaya of Mokihana Aquatics said both swimmers, aged 14 and 15 respectively, could take it easy during the Sunday events because they had already done the hard part on Saturday.

Anaya also said the swimmers will be helping the West Kaua’i Lions Club with the upcoming Ed Ho Swim Meet scheduled for Dec. 10 at the Waimea Swimming Pool.

“I’d like to get all 68 of my swimmers in that meet,” Anaya said. “But, if they can’t all make it, we’re going to have at least 50 swimmers there.”

Anaya said the Ed Ho Memorial Swim Meet is a USA Swim approved meet which means the Mokihana Aquatics swimmers can record times they better in any of their participating events.

Following Saturday’s trials, Valenciano had recorded times in the Boys 15-16 100 yard backstroke (1:21:76), the Boys 15-16 20 Yard Breaststroke (2:49:94), the Boys 15-16 50 Yard Free (29.56), and the Boys 15-16 200 Yard IM (2:42:53.

Ross had marked times in the Boys 15-16 100 Yard Back (1:08:31), the Boys 15-16 200 Yard Breaststroke (2:59:18), the Boys 15-16 50 Yard Free (26.69), but DQed in the Boys 15-16 200 Yard IM.

Anaya also pointed out that his daughter Kesia was having a real good meet along with some of the other veteran Mokihana swimmers.

Kaitlin Santos, 10, was also having a good day following the first of two days of time trials. Her dad noted that Santos went from “Learn to Swim” to being able to swim with the Mokihana Aquatics program.

“This is only her second meet,” he admitted.

“But, she’s doing real well, although she admits that she’s a little nervous on the blocks. But, I tell her, that’ll all pass.”

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