LIHUE — Yasmine Ware and Kate Machorek will be heading to California Monday.
Ware and Machorek, both juniors at Kauai High School, are part of the 20-member Kauai Junior Lifeguard contingent who will participate for the first time in the national Junior Lifeguard championships in Manhattan Beach, Calif. starting Tuesday.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. took time out of his schedule Friday afternoon to congratulate the two girls on their accomplishments at the recent state Hawaii Swimming Long Course Championships held on Maui. The state Long Course meet was held a week ahead of the state Junior Lifeguard championships, also on Maui.
Ware and Machorek, both swimmers with the Swim Kauai Aquatics swim club, led SKA to a ninth place team finish during the meet, which fielded more than 500 student-athletes representing 24 swim programs from throughout the state.
Ware captured state championship titles in the 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter butterfly, and the 100 meter backstroke events.
En route to the state titles in the various stroke events, Ware attained a Jr. National Time Standard with her 26.88 swim in the 50 meter free, and a Jr. National Bonus Time Standard with her 1:04:08 swim in the 100 meter butterfly event.
With her achievements, Ware finished the state event second overall in the girls 15-16 age group.
Machorek, whose brother Jack will also be part of the Kauai Junior Lifeguard delegation, secured a state title in the 200 meter backstroke event. In addition, she helped the SKA team toward its ninth place finish and finished fifth overall in the girls 15-16 age division.
Carvalho, in addition to congratulating the swimmers on their state accomplishments, wished the Junior Lifeguard team best wishes as it embarks on its first national title after securing 10 straight state titles.
Machorek said there were a couple of kids from Maui who wanted to join up with the Kauai group for the national championships, but could not come up with the financing.
The Kauai group is being assisted on its trip through the fundraising efforts of the Kauai Lifeguard Association and the community, which participated and supported the fundraising efforts.
• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or email@example.com.