Mori, Chock chalk up perfect swim meets

Kenji Mori and Megan Chock had the meet of their lives at the 19th Annual Charles “Sparky” Kawamoto ABC Fun Meet in Hilo this past weekend.

“Our eight-and-under boys were exceptional. All our kids did really good and it’s a great prelude to our long course season,” Mokihana Aquatics head coach Orlando Anaya said.

Twenty-nine Mokihana swimmers and 38 supporters made the trip to the Big Island and according to Anaya, the group decided to dedicate the meet to the late Arlene Waiamau, who passed away on January 1.

“She was very supportive of the team and we miss her greatly. We know she was there watching over us because we had a great meet,” Anaya said.

Granddaughter Makana Waiamau also competed at the invitational, in which Mokihana Aquatics dominated.

Eight-year-old Mori swam in six events and improved his time in each contest on his way to a perfect showing, which included a meet record time in the under 25 free.

He also swam in the under 25 fly, breast, back, under 50 back, and free.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Chock grabbed better times in each of her events, which included the 100 fly, free, IM, breast, back and 50 free.

Other top swimmers were Ka’eo Kruse, Victoria Olsen, Justin White, Yasmine Ware, and Stephen Valenciano.

Mokihana Aquatics begins its open enrollment on March 27-April 27 (free tryouts).

For more information about the club, contact Anaya at 821-0587.

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