Inouye named Swimmer of the Meet

Chloe Inouye, 9, was swimming in her first invitational swim meet at the Bill Smith Invitational this weekend. 

Inouye, who qualified for the invitational meet held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Waipahu, Oahu, finished the meet as one of three Mokihana Aquatics swimmers who posted perfect meets, or improvements in all of her swims.

Those factors led to her being named to her very first Mokihana Swimmer of the Meet award by Coach Orlando “O” Anaya.

“I still have a hard time believing how well our swimmers did — a whole bunch of new state times and improvements beyond what was expected,” Anaya said. “The times are mind-blowing, and according to Coach Kelsey Tanaka, the swimmers were spectacular.”

Inouye finished swimming in six events, securing improvements in all six swims, the greatest coming in the 50 butterfly where she touched for a state qualifying time of 36.08 seconds and slicing 5.49 seconds off her previous best swim. She also secured a state time standard in the 50 breaststroke where she touched at 42.92, an improvement of 2.77 on her seeded swim.

Joining her with a perfect meet, Nevaeh Ibanez, 10, finished the two-day meet with all state swims, her best event coming in the 200 individual medley where she touched at 2:49.30 for an improvement of 5.03. She also finished in second place in the 50 breaststroke, posting a 37.24 swim for a 1.85 improvement.

Leigh Idica, 10, was perfect in her five events, securing HI AA time standards in all but one event and her strongest swim coming in the 200 freestyle (2:47.95) where she trimmed 8.56 seconds off her seeded swim.

Madeline Hoesel, 13, was near perfect, posting improvements in eight of her nine swims which were HI AA time standards, the best coming in the 200 backstroke (2:39.18) where she chopped 4.50 off her seeded swim. She also posted a 4.11 improvement in the 200 freestyle (2:16.18).

Kamaira Silva, 10, was also near perfect, finishing with three state qualifying swims in six events. Her best showing also came in the 200 freestyle (2:33.36) where she chopped 13.84 off her previous swim.

Keison Haraguchi, 9, rounded out the Mokihana Aquatics contingent with two state qualifying swims and improvements in four of his six events. His best showing came in the 200 freestyle (2:54.00) where he lopped 17.33 seconds off his previous best time. He also posted a 1:26.49 swim, a state qualifying time standard, in the 100 backstroke where he was 10.24 seconds better than his previous swim.

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