Ware, Machorek lead KIF swimmers

WAIMEA — Kauai High School swimmer Yasmine Ware led the Kauai Interscholastic Federation swim meet Saturday at the Waimea Pool.

Ware, a junior and returning as a standout from last year’s season, pocketed three individual of the four Auto qualifying time standards set at the first qualifying meet of the season.

Teammate Kate Machorek shared the Auto qualifying as the lead swimmer for the Red Raiders Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay, which secured its qualifying berth on a 2:00.10 swim, besting the standard of 2:00.79. The team included Ware, freshman Ava Wagner and senior Tambrina Fairbanks.

Ware secured qualifying berths in the 200 Yard Individual Medley on a 2:14.18 swim, easily getting past the Auto time standard of 2:18.19, and completed her day with a first finish and a qualifying swim in the Girls 50 Yard Freestyle event, touching the wall on a 24.45 swim over the Auto standard of 25.39. She rounded out the day with a first finish of 55.47 in the Girls 100 Yard Freestyle, less than a second off the Auto standard of 56.49.

Machorek, a junior at Kauai High School, pocketed her consideration swims with a first finish in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle, touching at 2:01.56. Her second consideration came in the Girls 500 Yard Freestyle where she bettered the 5:40.09 consideration standard with her first finish of 5:32.51.

Machorek rounded out her day with a consideration swim in the Girls 100 Yard Backstroke where she touched first at 1:04.17, bettering the consideration standard of 1:07.19.

Kapaa High School senior Maluhia Stark-Kinimaka finished second to Ware in the 50 Free, her 26.38 swim being .01 better than the consideration standard of 26.39.

The Kauai High School Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay team of Tyler Elwin, Kainoa Matsumoto, Andrew Beeksma and Hikari Oberman pocketed the only relay consideration, stopping the clock at 1:58.25 to beat the standard of 2:01.79.

Kapaa High School junior Bryson Baligad splashed to a 2:11.31 first finish in the Boys 200 Yard IM, bettering the consideration standard of 2:13.09.

Waimea High School hit the podium when junior Kayla Ishida topped the Girls 100 Yard Butterfly on a 1:05.14 swim to better the consideration standard of 1:06.29. Ishida picked up her second consideration swim by finishing first in the Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke, touching at 1:14.17 to better the 1:15.09 consideration standard.

The KIF qualifying swim continues at the Waimea Pool starting at 10 a.m Saturday

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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