KcKeown nets Swimmer of the Meet honors

Kaile McKeown was trying to cut her time in the 50 yard butterfly to break the 50-second mark Saturday at the Kauai High School pool.

When the spray settled from the two-day Mokihana Aquatics time trials and qualifying meet for the 40th annual Coach Soichi Sakamoto Invitational meet, KcKeown, 10, finished second in the 50 butterfly, but touched the wall at 48.33 seconds which improved her seeded time by 13.83 seconds.

“Kaile McKeown stakes a claim for all to watch out for her,” swim coach Orlando “O” Anaya said. “She posted several HI-A times (50 breast, 53.16, 100 breast, 1:52.83), including eight personal best times by big margins. Given this and her huge effort, she is our swimmer of the meet.”

McKeown finished the meet, which wrapped up Sunday afternoon, with improvements in eight of the 10 events she swam in, her biggest chop coming in the 200 yard individual medley where she touched at 3:51.19 for a 33.78 improvement over her seeded time.

Additionally, Alana Cayabyab, 11, qualified for 14 events at the Sakamoto meet and Nevaeh Ibanez, 9, holds qualified for four events. Gracie Stokes, 14, returning from a break for Kauai Interscholastic Federation swimming and track meet where she represented Kapaa High School, qualified for six events, and Alana Tamashiro, 13, has three qualifying events.

“Nevaeh made a new HI-AA time standard in her 100 fly (1:34.52 for a 7.01 improvement), Alana continues to swim all HI-AA times in her new age group, and the Alfiler boys are giving mom and grandparents a lot of happiness with their great swims,” Anaya said. “Everyone was great!”

Daniel Alfiler, 11, finished with improvements in eight of his 10 swims, the greatest coming in the 200 IM (4:09.57) for a 10.19 improvement. Jayden Alfiler, 7, posted improvements in six of his 10 swims, the greatest coming in the 200 freestyle (4:18.27) for a 36.80 improvement.

Idica’s new record-breaking swim comes on the heels of the April qualifying meet where she bested a record set by Sara Funtanilla in 2010 in the 100 freestyle, and bested her own record set in March by nearly three seconds in the 200 freestyle.

Inouye also bested Funtanilla’s 100 freestyle record and proceeded to shatter Ware’s 2005 record in the 100 IM by nearly seven seconds. She rounded out her April showing by breaking a 2002 record set by Tori Kobayashi at the Sparky Kawamoto meet in the 50 freestyle by a second.

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