LIHUE — Mokihana Aquatics swimmer Kamaira Silva, 11, finished three days of competitive swimming in the Age Group Distance Meet to emerge with her first Swimmer of the Meet honor Saturday at the Kauai High School pool.
“Congratulations to Kamaira on one of her first, of many more to come, Swimmer of the Meet awards,” said Mokihana Aquatics coach Orlando “O” Anaya. “Four swims, four best times. Perfect. Three of her best times were in double digits. To say that she was on fire would be an understatement.”
Silva, one of 11 Mokihana Aquatics swimmers participating in the distance meet, finished with a pair of HI AA and a pair of HI A time standards, her biggest increase coming in the 400 Individual Medley where she touched the wall at 6 minutes, 32.53 seconds for a HI A time and an increase of 24.16 seconds. She also posted double-digit gains in the 200 IM (2:57.03 and 10.66 increase) and the 500 freestyle (6:30.09 and 13.80 increase).
Chloe Inouye was nearly perfect, finishing with two gains in three swims. Both gains resulted in HI AAA or state qualifying times in the 200 IM (3:19.52) and the 200 freestyle (2:57.29) where she gained 7.99 and 5.29 seconds, respectively.
Perfect meet honors went to Ian Raquel, 10, who finished with two HI AAA times and his biggest increase coming in the 200 freestyle (2:44.02) where he sliced 4.03 seconds off his seeded swim for a state qualifying swim.
Katherine Hoesel, 11, also posted a perfect meet over four events, and just like Silva, picked up double-digit gains in three of her four swims, the strongest coming in the 500 freestyle (8:40.36) where she gained 16.38 seconds.
Alfred Auger, 9, was only able to swim in three events, but posted gains in all his swims, the best showing coming in the 200 free (3:04.41) where he chopped 11.41 off his seeded time.
Silas Adams, 8, was also nearly perfect, finishing with two gains in three swims, his mightiest effort showing in the 200 freestyle (4:35.73) where he showed a 30.67 gain.
Leigh Idica, 10, was not able to finish all three days, but on the day she was in the water, came up perfect with her biggest gain coming in the 200 freestyle (2:36.42) where she finished with a HI AAA swim and a gain of 6.42.
“When all is said and done, it was our three brand-new swimmers, swimming in their first meet ever, who stole the show,” Anaya said. “Kapono Pavao and the twins, Lincoln and Isabella Sorenson, were, well, great and greater.”
Pavao, 7, picked up times in the 200 freestyle (6:01.94) and the 200 freestyle, second swim (5:30.29).
Isabella Sorenson, 7, also did the 200 freestyle on both days, stopping the clock at 4:36.85 on the first go, and tripping 4:40.80 on the second effort.
Lincoln Sorenson, 7, stopped the clock on the 200 freestyle at 7:02.42 on the first go, and 6:40.45 on the second effort.