Swim championships should be very interesting

It’s now or never for some of Kaua’i’s swimmers, who hope to make the jump from Kaua’i High School’s pool to the Big Island for the HHSAA/Local Motion Swimming and Diving State Championships, which run from Feb. 24-25.

The KIF championships kick off this morning at 10 a.m. and both the Kaua’i boys and girls are the favorites to take the title going into the final event.

“The Kaua’i High boys are just way too strong for anybody else,” meet director Ro Davis said.

No girls have qualfied for states yet, but Kaua’i’s Meaghan Sims, Island’s Michelle Woltmon, and Kula’s Wailana Waite are close to getting state times.

On the boys side of the pool, Kaua’i’s Keenan Anaya, Aaron Ramelb, and Jared Perry, along with Island’s Ben Baldwin and Waimea’s Randy Umetsu are already heading to states.

The Red Raider boys are dominant in the relay races, but the battle for the girls’ relays should come down to Kapa’a and Kaua’i.

KIF canoe paddling begins its last regatta before the championships at Wailua River, today at 10 a.m.

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