WAILUA — Kapa’a continued to control the waters of Wailua River as the KIF Paddling regatta finished its third regatta Saturday.
The Warriors collectively finished with 27 points based on first finishes in Varsity Mixed and JV Boys races, second finishes in Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls and JV Girls races, and a third place in JV Mixed race.
This control of team standings gives Kapa’a the cumulative team lead at 15 points, chased closely by Kula at 13 points. Kaua’i (11), Waimea (6), and Island School (3) round out the pack.
Kaua’i High School, hosting Saturday’s regatta, followed in the regatta’s overall points with 24 points based on first finishes in the Varsity Girls and JV Girls races. The Raiders crossed second in the JV Mixed and Varsity Mixed races, and third in the JV Boys race.
Kaua’i’s JV Girls battled for the 1-2 slots between themselves as the Raiders’ second team crossed the 1/4-mile finish at 1:56.49 chased by their first team at 1:58.62. Kapa’a filled in the third slot at 2:01.71.
Close races was the feature of the JV Boys races as the Warriors prevailed on a 1:48.36 crossing with the Menehune on their tail at 1:49.15 and the Raiders finishing at 1:51.40.
That same tight finish saw the Menehune slide across the finish flags at 1:51.25 for the JV Mixed races, chased closely by the Raider team at 1:52.25. Kapa’a’s first team filled in the third slot at 1:54.95 over their second team’s 1:55.47 finish.
The Red Raider wahine dominated the Varsity Girls races with a 4:11.02 finish over Kapa’a’s 4:16.32 crossing. Waimea filled in the third berth at 4:24.13 with Kula filling in fourth at 4:34.14.
Kula School eked out of a tight Varsity Boys race with a 1/2-mile crossing of 3:41.16 over Kapa’a’s second team who slipped in at 3:47.40. Waimea’s second team took the third berth at 3:49.92 over Kaua’i’s challenge at 3:49.93.
Kapa’a got a strong challenge from Kaua’i in the Varsity Mixed race, but the Warriors slipped in at 4:02.52 for first place with the Raiders crossing at 4:06.47. Kula filled in the third berth at 4:11.33.
The KIF Paddling regattas continue this Saturday at the Wailua River.
- Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) and firstname.lastname@example.org