Kapa‘a gets first consideration

With the KIF Championship swim meet looming, Kapa‘a High School broke into the state qualifying circle by earning consideration times Saturday.

The Warriors’ Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team, with a second-place finish, earned one of eight consideration times at Saturday’s qualifying meet at the Kaua‘i High School pool.

The team of James Hitchcock, Garrett Stephen, Aaron Belmonte and Dylan Haight stopped the clock at 1:47.59 for the consideration.

Kaua‘i High School earned a state qualifying time, the only one that surfaced Saturday, with its Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team. Noah Murray, Matt Ross, Tyson Chihara and Kelsey Tanaka made up the squad that finished at 3:40.45.

With the exception of Murray, the remaining members of the relay team also picked up individual consideration times.

Ross and Tanaka were 1-2 in the Boys 200 Yard Freestyle and picked up consideration times with their finishes of 2:00.36 and 2:04.59, respectively.

Chihara (1:01.80) picked up his individual consideration time in the Boys 100 Yard Butterfly where he finished first.

Kaua‘i also picked up consideration times for its Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (4:18.02), Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (1:55.67) and its Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (1:41.54) that finished over Kapa‘a.

Kula swimmers Alannah Reynolds and Melanie Grindle also added consideration times to their listing, Reynolds getting the Girls 100 Yard Backstroke on a first finish of 1:08.23 and Grindle earning her Girls 50 Yard Freestyle on a first finish of 27.06.

Kapa‘a stands to provide excitement at the KIF championship meet this Saturday as its Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay (2:10.55) team of Tiana Amo, Pauline Lucas, Tania Rames and Marla Bendor finished just .05 second shy of the consideration time.

Kaua‘i’s Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay (2:05.87) team of Ross, Erric Phillips, Murray and Russell McClusky were just .87 second off a consideration time.

Individually, McClusky finished the Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:11.87) just .31 second from a consideration time, Chihara fell .21 second short in the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle (24.21) and Meaghan Sims was just .06 second off a consideration time in the Girls 100 Yard Butterfly (1:08.23).

Starting time for the KIF Championships is 2 p.m. due to ACT testing.

The meet will be held at the Kaua‘i High School pool hosted by Island School.

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