Silva makes Swimmer honor

Mokihana Aquatics swimmer Kamaira Silva, 11, picked up her second Swimmer of the Meet honor in as many weeks after participating in the 42nd annual Coach Soichi Sakamoto Invitational that wrapped up Sunday on Maui.

“Kamaira was perfect at Sakamoto’s, and made her first and second state qualifying times,” said Orlando “O” Anaya, Mokihana Aquatics coach. “She also brought her two ‘splashes’ up to HI-AA time standards. Kamaira was on fire, again, swimming in some very stiff competition.”

Silva picked up her state times in the 50 freestyle (32.13) for a 0.58 improvement over her seeded swim, based on actual times. She also picked up a state swim in the 200 freestyle (2:35.12) where she cut 3.87 off her seeded time. Her best swim came in the 400 freestyle (5:31.19) where she finished fifth in the field to earn points for Mokihana.

Tyler Tanaka, making his 12th birthday next week, pocketed his first state qualifying time standard in the 100 butterfly (1:25.50) for a 5.65 improvement. He finished the meet with HI-AA times in all of his other events, including improvements in four swims.

Ian Raquel, 10, finished with a HI-AAA, or state qualifying swim in the 200 freestyle (3:07.36).

“Our 10 and Unders were, well, a mixed bag,” Anaya said. “Ian did well with five of nine best times, but will be soon aging up. We now have to look at making 11-12 cuts. He has quite a few 11-12 HI-AA times, but we still need work.”

Chloe Inouye, 9, finished with two new HI-AAA swims, her strongest coming in the 100 freestyle (1:22.64) where she was 3.70 faster than her seeded time.

She also finished with HI-AAA swims in the 50 freestyle (36.60) and the 100 breaststroke (1:47.58).

“As for Chloe ‘donuts’ Inouye and Leigh ‘ice cream’ Idica, names they gave themselves when they said that is why they wanted to swim on Maui, we saw moments of brilliance and great determination,” Anaya said. “Chloe made two new state times to bring her total to 10, and Leigh added one more, bringing her total to three.”

Idica’s HI-AAA swim came in the 100 butterfly where she touched the wall at 1:37.05 for an 8.84 improvement.

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