Eleven swimmers from the Swim Kaua‘i Aquatics program will be experiencing their first long-course swim when the team heads to the Big Island this weekend.
Talia Abrams, 8, Sophie Britzmann, 11, Hunter Rogers, 12, Kaitlyn Rogers, 11, Sinead Simms, 15, Kea Sullivan, 11, Kalena Wong, 10, Bryson Baligad, 9, Tyson Chihara, 17, Sean Holzman, 9, and Rex Linthicum, 12, will be hitting the Olympic-sized pool for their first competition in that environment at the Big Island Unclassified Swim Meet, said SKA coach Greg Davis in an e-mail press release.
“This meet gives us a chance to bring as many swimmers as possible without regard to their ability,” Davis said. “It is a great way to continue our team bonding and experiencing what true swimming is all about on the other islands.”
Davis, on the other hand, is lamenting the fact that SKA swimmers need to travel off-island to compete because of the lack of competition locally.
“But the experience of traveling off-island really allows the swimmers to compete and race against top competition as well as establishing new friendships with other swimmers and teams,” he said.
SKA will participate in 150 individual events and 10 relay events on the Big Island.
“To have 25 swimmers attending an off-island meet is a tremendous account of these swimmers and families’ dedication and commitment to the sport of swimming and their team,” Davis said, noting that the contingent represents about one half of the SKA group.
Other SKA swimmers heading to the Big Island include Nina Albano, Sarah Faraola, Ryann Linthicum, Meaghan Simms, Matt Holzman, Nick Krueger, Jackson Littlefield, Makalii Pratt, Matt Ross and Julian Schneider.