KIF record falls at opening swim

WAIMEA — A Kauai Interscholastic Federation swim record — six auto qualifying swims, and 10 consideration swims — were a part of an explosive start to the season on Saturday at the Waimea pool.

Kapaa High School senior Bryson Baligad broke a 2006 KIF record set by Jared Perry with his swim in the 100 yard backstroke where he touched the wall at 56.85 seconds, handily getting a state auto time while breaking Perry’s record of 57.43.

Baligad also picked up consideration swims in the 200 yard individual medley (2:09.75) and the 100 yard freestyle event (52.29).

Kauai High School senior Kate Machorek topped the swimmers with three auto swims, including the 200 yard freestyle (1:59.34), the 200 yard IM (2:16.73), and the 500 yard freestyle (5:18.82).

Fellow Red Raider senior Yasmine Ware picked up her share of state auto swims, posting top finishes in the 50 yard freestyle (24.35) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:09.37).

Ware picked up a consideration swim to her own merit in the 100 yard freestyle (57.76), and was part of the Kauai Girls 200 yard medley relay and Kauai girls 200 yard freestyle relay teams who also posted consideration swims.

Kauai High School freshman Kaira Kaaihue was part of the Kauai girls 200 yard freestyle relay team, and added a consideration swim to her own merit — the 500 yard freestyle (5:43.00) where she finished second to Machorek.

Kayla Ishida was the sole Waimea High School swimmer to post a state swim. The Menehune senior getting a consideration swim in the 100 yard backstroke where she touched the wall at 1:07.08. The second of four qualifying swims for the KIF moves to the Kapaa Pool, Saturday with the first events hitting the water from 10 a.m.

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