Paddling titles on the line, Saturday

KIF paddling makes its biggest splash on Saturday, as the championship regatta heads to Wailua River, starting at 10 a.m.

At the final regular season meet of the 2005-06 season, the Kaua’i girls, Kapa’a boys, and Kula mixed squads, all finished in the top spots.

The Red Raider ladies cruised in the finals, with a time of 4:04.88 in the 1/2 mile race.

Kapa’a came up with the second best time in the finals (4:10.63) and Waimea brought up the rear with a 4:16.70.

In the boys competition, Kapa’a was about three seconds faster than both Island and Waimea.

The Warriors clocked in at 3:35.85, with Waimea (3:38.32) and Island (3:38.98) in a photo finish for the second spot.

Kula dominated the mixed contest, outdistancing the field by around 10 seconds.

Kapa’a grabbed second (3:53.01) and Kaua’i followed up just a second behind at 3:54.45.

In JV action, the Kaua’i girls, Waimea boys, and Waimea mixed teams took the first-place medals.

Heading into the championships on Saturday, the Kula boys accumulated the most points with 20, followed by Waimea (14), Kapa’a (13), Island (11), and Kaua’i (3).

Kaua’i leads the girls pool, with 24 points. Kapa’a (18), Waimea (13), and Kula (6) round out the top four.

The mixed contest is all knotted up, with both Kula and Kapa’a totaling 19 points. They are followed by Kaua’i (14), Waimea (8), and Island (4).

The Kaua’i girls top the JV girls standings with 24 points. Waimea (15), Kapa’a (13), Island (8), and Kula (4) follow the Red Raiders.

Kapa’a heads up the boys contest with 18 points. Kaua’i (15), Waimea (10), and Island (2) fill the rest of the spots.

Waimea owns the mixed field, with 22 points, followed by Kapa’a (14) and Kaua’i (14), Island (8), and Kula (5).

The HHSAA State Canoe Paddling Championships take place on March 3 at Ke’ehi Lagoon.

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