KIF watermen fare well at states

Swimmers from the KIF finished in the Top Ten in six of the nine events they were entered in at the 2006 HH-SAA/Local Motion Swimming and Diving Championships that was held over the weekend at the Kamehameha Schools-Hawai’i facilities.

Ben Baldwin of Island School joined Kaua’i High School senior in leading the Kaua’i contingent as both swimmers placed at the Top Ten in two events each, according to results posted on the HHSAA Web site.

The Kaua’i High School teams, qualifying for three events, ended with one Top Ten finish in the Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay on a 3:31.25 showing for eighth place. They qualified on a 3:30.34 time. Team members include Keenan Anaya, Kelsey Tanaka, Mathew Ross and Jarred Perry.

Baldwin’s top finish at the state event came in the Boys 500 Yard Freestyle where he ended fourth on a 4:54.55 swim, bettering his qualifying time of 5:05.45 for the sixth berth.

Baldwin continued to shave times as he finished fifth in the Boys 200 IM event with a 2:02.00 swim, bettering his qualifying time of 2:07.60.

Perry shaved .07 off his qualifying time in the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle where he ended in eighth place on a 22.70 swim.

His second Top Ten placement came in the Boys 100 Yard Backstroke where he stopped the clocks at 57.47.

Anaya, another senior from Kaua’i High School, finished the Boys 100 Butterfly event in eighth place on a 55.10 swim, bettering his qualifying time of 55.73.

The Punahou girls and Kamehameha-Kapalama boys topped the team championships for the event that saw five state records broken.

Christel Simms of Punahou shaved the 1:50.55 HHSAA record in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle event on a 1:50.46 swim, bettering her qualifying 1:51.7 time.

Kane Davis of Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama set a new standard in the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle event on a 20.73 time, shaving .07 off the HHSAA record of 20.80 that was set in 2001 by Nick Borreca of Punahou.

The Punahou girls team of Simms, Brittany Beauchan, Kelli Moy and Michelle Yoshida shattered the HHSAA record of 1:38.18 in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. The Punahou team finished in 1:36.80 to set a new standard, bettering their own qualifying time of 1:41.48. The former record was set in 1999 by a Punahou team as well.

Beauchan went on to set a new standard in the Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke with a 1:04.10 swim, bettering her own standard of 1:04.83.

For full results, visit the HHSAA Web site at www.hhsaa.org.

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