For 12-year-old Matthew Hoizman and 13-year-old Kesia Anaya, swimming for Mokihana Aquatics is about having fun, but working hard at the same time.
The two athletes have been with the team for a few years and like what they see so far.
“It’s well worth it, it’s fun to try and be better. The team spirit is great and I’ve made lots of friends, especially from the. off-island trips,” Hoizman said.
Mokihana Aquatics is in its 25th year servicing the island and more and more swimmers are finding out that the program keeps youths out of trouble.
“The coaches are great. They help you out a lot and you’ll be surprised how much you gained after joining (the team),” Anaya said.
Both Hoizman and Anaya are up and coming swimmers on the team and as they move up the ranks, their name’s will be heard more and more throughout the swim community.
For Anaya, at first she was hesitant to be apart of the squad, but after she tried it, she began to realize that she really enjoyed it.
“I really got into it, especially when I also get to see my friends at the pool,” Anaya said.
Meanwhile, Hoizman got into the sport because he wanted to swim past his mom, who was a collegiate swimmer.
“I really wanted to beat her time’s and that’s really why I joined,” Hoizman said.
“Sometimes it’s hard, but 1 don’t give up because it’s well worth it,” Hoizman continued.
Free tryouts for the swim team are going on now and run through the end of the month in Lihu’e (Kaua’i High School’s pool) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In Kapa’a, the group will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information about Mokihana Aquatics, contact Anaya at 821-0587.