Ware leads SKA at championships

Yasmine Ware of Swim Kaua‘i Aquatics earned the Women’s High Point honor for the second straight year by posting 92 points at the 2011 Hawai‘i Senior Championship meet last weekend at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa swimming complex on O‘ahu.

Stacey Machorek, a spokesperson for SKA, said the Kaua‘i swimming program sent six swimmers to compete in the swim meet, all returning as finalists and medal winners. The Program is based out of the YMCA in Puhi.

“This swim meet allows swimmers to compete against each other based solely on their individual qualifying times,” Machorek said in an SKA release. “This gives the swimmers the opportunity to race swimmers from UH as well, not just other swimmers in the same age group.”

Overall, SKA swimmers combined for 16 medals. The program’s six swimmers finished in ninth place overall.

“I had high expectations going in for this group of kids, but was very impressed with their strength and camaradiere,” said SKA Head Coach Billy Brown. “They all placed in the top 16 against a high caliber group of swimmers and everyone got to swim in the finals. This may have been the best travel meet I have attended with the kids.”

Ware, currently a student at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, finished with second place wins in the 200 Meter Individual Medley (2:31.01), the 100 Meter Backstroke (1:09.61) and the 50 Meter Freestyle (27.67).

Machorek said Ware, 14, showed her diversity by placing in the top six of each of her six swims, earning three new sectional time standards in the 200 Meter IM, the 100 Meter Breaststroke and the 100 Meter Freestyle.

Kate Machorek, 13, found gold in the 200 Meter Backstroke, touching the wall with a zone time of 2:31.34. She continued by pocketing third place in the 400 Meter IM (5:32.72), fifth place in the 1500 Meter Freestyle (18:51.51) and fifth in the 100 Meter Backstroke (1:12.72).

With top finishes in all of her events, Kate Machorek ended the meet by placing sixth overall in women’s individual scoring.

Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation swimmers Tambrina Fairbanks, 15, Quinn Hannah-White, 14, and Tyler Keith, 14, walked off with first time finalist finishes at the Senior Championship meet.

Fairbanks touched the wall sixth in the 200 Meter Breaststroke (3:06.38) and 14th in the 100 Meter Breaststroke (1:28.77).

Hannah-White ended 11th in the finals of the 1500 Meter Freestyle, 13th in the 400 Meter Freestyle and 15th in the 200 Meter Breaststroke.

Keith, who along with Hannah-White were part of the 2011 Island School men’s KIF champion swim team, made the finals in two events, finishing 12th in the 400 Meter Freestyle and 13th in the 1500 Meter Freestyle.

Sophie Britzmann, a 100 Yard Breaststroke KIF champion, worked on improving that medal, finishing 11th in the 400 Meter IM (5:55.24) and touched the wall on a 3:10.30 12th place swim in the 200 Meter Breaststroke.

The SKA girls combined for five relay events in addition to their individual events, taking their strongest finish, a third place, in the 800 Meter Freestyle Relay on a 9:40.91 swim.

“These swimmers could not have done it without the support and encouragement of all 60 of their teammates and families,” said Brown. “They were back on Kaua‘i cheering them on and we felt it all the way on O‘ahu.”

Machorek said SKA will be hosting a swim meet, Saturday at the YMCA pool. It will be dedicated to the recovery effort taking place in Japan because Pika Hayashi, an SKA swimmer for part of the year, spends half of the year in Japan swimming for a team.

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