Silva shines on Oahu

Kamaira Silva, 10, was perfect at the 67th annual Keo Nakama Invitational swim meet which wrapped up Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center on Oahu.

Silva showed improvements in four of her five events she swam in based on actual times, and posted a time for her first meet swim in the 200 individual medley, stopping the clock at 3 minutes, 56.49 seconds.

Silva was joined by fellow Mokihana Aquatics swimmer Neveah Ibanez, 10, who finished the meet with three QUAL time standards and improvements in six of her 10 events she swam.

“As you can see, the girls did great,” said Mokihana Coach Orlando “O” Anaya. “Kamaira was perfect albeit she swam the 200 meter IM for the first time.”

In addition to posting a 200 IM time, Silva clocked her greatest improvement in the 100 freestyle, where she shaved 3.28 seconds off her seeded swim, touching the wall at 1:20.64, a QUAL swim.

“The girls did excellent,” said Aileen Ibanez, one of the parents who traveled to the meet. “Kamaira came so close to making a state time in her 200 free (3:03.99). Man, oh man, Kamaira is doing awesome.”

Aileen said Neveah had a qualifying time standard on her 50 breaststroke, stopping the clock at 47.11 for a 2.01 second improvement and sixth place, overall. The swim added to her qualifying time standards in the 200 IM, where she was 10.12 seconds better than her seeded swim, and in the 100 breaststroke (1:45.50).

“I think the girls made some new friends,” Aileen said. “Nevaeh was shy the other times, but hearing the Pearl City Aquatics girls and boys yelling our kids’ names and giving the girls high-fives had us yelling for their kids as well. Such love and aloha.”

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