Stokes earns ‘Swimmer of the Meet’ honor

LIHUE — Lily Stokes, 12, improved in seven of her 10 swims to capture “Swimmer of the Meet” honors on Sunday.

Among her best times, Lily captured two Hawaii A time standards, one in the 50 breaststroke (46.33 seconds) and the other in the 50 freestyle (33.97).

“Congratulations to Lily Stokes on her very first Swimmer of the Meet distinction,” said Mokihana Aquatics coach Orlando “O” Anaya.

“How about a shout-out to our two veterans, Kawehi Tamashiro and Sara Funtanilla, as well. These girls not only swim fast, with class and dedication, but they’re always making sure everyone gets to his race, and then, they cheer for each and every swimmer no matter who they are, or how fast they swim. They lead by example and they are our team leader and co-captain, respectively.”

Mokihana Aquatics hosted a two-day timed trials that wrapped up Sunday at the Kauai High School pool.

Tamashiro posted her best swim in the 200 freestyle, touching at 2 minutes, 35.19 seconds. She finished with Hawaii A time standards in all but two of her swims.

Funtanilla, 11, finished with three personal best times, her best showings coming in the 200 freestyle (2:47.73) for a 3.52 improvement and in the 100 butterfly (1:38.53) where she finished second to Stokes, but slashed 3.40 seconds off her seeded swim.

“The Hoesel girls have only been swimming for six weeks, yet are giving it their all,” Anaya said. “Both Maddy and Katy had smiles that went from ear to ear. Pure joy. All of their times were first time, best times.”

Fiona Godsill, 8, came up with seven improvements, her greatest coming in the 200 freestyle (3:58.77) where she slashed 31.75 seconds off her seeded swim.

Leigh Idica, 8, had a strong showing in the 100 backstroke (1:56.53), taking 6.76 secons off her seeded swim. She finished with six new best times.

Chloe Inouye, 7, posted eight personal best times, her best showing coming in the 200 freestyle (3:56.66) where she posted a 10.23-second improvement.

Trevyn Nishimura, 7, also showed strong improvement with nine of 10 best times, his best coming in the 200 freestyle (4:30.73) where he was 58.30 seconds faster.

Kaedyn Santiago, 6, had her best showing in the 25 backstroke (28.99) for a 5.94 second improvement.

Destry Shibuya, 11, finished with eight personal best times, his best showing coming in the 200 individual medley (3:39.29).

Samantha Stokes, 10, Lily’s sister, finished with five gold medals and three new best times, her best showing coming in the 50 breaststroke (49.70) for a 1.33-second improvement.

Kaile McKeown, 10, posted her strongest swim in the 200 freestyle (4:20.26) for a 3.02-second improvement, and Juvan Logan, 10, had his strongest swim in the 100 breaststroke (2:13.03) for a 4.81-second improvement.

Alana Cayabyab, 10, was able to get in just one day of the two-day meet, but posted two improvements in the 50 freestyle (31.69) and 200 freestyle (2:30.88).

Daniel Alfiler, 10, posted his strongest swim in the 200 freestyle (3:48.86) for a 14.51-second improvement.

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