Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 |
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LIHU‘E — Swim Kaua‘i Aquatics is excited about the 11th Annual Bill Smith Invitational swim meet this weekend.
SKA Coach Billy Brown will be leading 19 swimmers to O‘ahu to try and repeat its sixth-place performance last year, or perhaps even better that finish.
The field emerged following the SKA swim meet held earlier this month where 24 of 30 SKA swimmers achieved new time standards in their respective swims.
Eight new state qualifying times with eight swimmers enjoying perfect meets, or new personal best times in all their events, highlighted the action.
Saber Fairbanks, earning new time standards in the 50 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, and 100 freestyle, was one of the eight SKA swimmers enjoying a perfect meet.
She was joined by Tambrina Fairbanks, 14, Imara Joroff, 12, Carolyn Price, 11, Zach Safford, 10, Malia Splittstoesser, 8, Ava Wagner, 11, and Yasmine Ware, 13.
Joroff earned new time standards in the 100 breaststroke, 50 breaststroke, and 100 freestyle. Price earned new time standards in the 50 backstroke in her perfect meet, and Splittstoesser marked a new standard in the 50 freestyle. Warner got new time standards in the 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke.
Quinn Hannah-White, 14, and Zach Safford, 10, each marked milestones by earning their first state qualifying times of their careers, Hannah-White touching in 11:31.10 in the 1,000 freestyle for an improvement of 16.77 seconds. Safford picked up his state time in the 50 breaststroke (45.54) and the 100 breaststroke (1:38.73).
Kate Machorek pocked a state time in the 100 breaststroke on a 1:21.92 swim and Dutch Fairbanks, 10, touched at 1:39.46 for a 23.07 second improvement.
Kaira Ka‘aihue pocketed her fourth state time, the latest coming in the 100 free where she stopped the clock on a 1:14.07.
During the single-day meet, SKA welcomed Faith Gabour, 9, to her first-ever swim meet experience, the swimmer making inroads in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle.
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