19 to represent Kaua‘i

Kaua‘i will be represented by 19 swimmers at this week’s Hawaiian Swimming Long Course Age Group Swimming Championships at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Complex on O‘ahu.

The sessions start tomorrow.

Swim Kauai Aquatics will be sending 16 swimmers, while Mokihana Aquatics will be sending three.

New SKA head coach Billy Brown said he was optimistic about his team’s performance.

“They’re looking great and I can’t wait to see them perform at states,” he said, in a release. “They have all been working really hard these past few weeks. It’s been great seeing the kids encouraging each other in practices with their eyes set on this meet. It will be a great team-building experience.”

Swim Kauai Aquatics had 19 swimmers who qualified for the state championships. This is a significant increase from the nine swimmers who competed in the Short Course State Championships held last December. Three graduating seniors: Matthew Ross, Tyson Chihara and Mary Tausend, will make their last appearance at the state championships.

For several swimmers this will be their first appearance in a state championship.

SKA swimmers competing in the state championships are Bryson Baligad, Tyson Chihara, Casie Ford, Ryann Linthicum, Anya Littlefield, Kate Machorek, Russell McCluskey, Desiree Pia, Makali’i Pratt, Tania Rames, Emma Rausch, Ross, Meagan Sims, Kea Sullivan, Tausend and Justin White. David Pigott, Lana Vali, and Blaise Thompson also qualified but are not competing.

Kesia Anaya, Yasmine Ware and Evan Hamamoto will represent Mokihana Aquatics.

For more information, visit www.hawaiiswim.org

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