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Kaua‘i swimmers head to Maui

LIHU‘E — A dozen Mokihana Aquatics swimmers and at least five Swim Kaua‘i Aquatics athletes are on Maui this weekend to compete in the 32nd Annual Soichi Sakamoto Invitational.

Led by Keenan Anaya, Kyson Gusukuma, Matthew Holzman and Matthew Ross, Mokihana will compete in more than 100 events over the three-day meet. Anaya, Gusukuma, Holzman, and Ross have each qualified for 10 events, not including relays. Kelsey Tanaka and Stephen Valenciano will compete in nine and four events, respectively.

Coach Orlando Anaya said in addition to the individual events, Mokihana will compete in 16 relays.

Keyah-Leilani Agoot, Kesia Anaya and Meaghan Sims are each slated for 10 events while Kaitlyn Jarry will race in nine. Torrey Ikeda and Kelly Culliney will compete in eight and five events, respectively.

In addition to the swimmers and chaperones, Anaya said there will be a fairly large support group of families along for the ride.

“Maui is always a fun place to compete,” he said.

Mokihana Aquatics recently hosted a qualifying meet for the Sakamoto Invitational. Swim Kaua‘i Aquatics had eight swimmers qualify, but coach Ro Davis said three had other plans.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) and dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com.

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