KAPAA — The 28th annual Mokihana Aquatics Fun Meet featured more than 120 swimmers for the two-day meet that wrapped up Sunday.
“We are well over 100 swimmers which was our goal,” said Mokihana Aquatics Coach Orlando “O” Anaya. “Support groups traveling with teams is nearly 250 and our mahalo luau will serve more than 300 dinners. That is a record as last year, we did our biggest luau and served 220 dinners.”
Leigh Idica, 10, emerged as the coaches’ choice for the Mokihana Swimmer of the Meet honor for the Fun Meet.
Competing in 10 events, Idica finished with six personal best times — with her best showing in the 100 individual medley where she finished third (1:23.32) on an improvement of 12.45 seconds. The swim was one of five state qualifying swim she pocketed over two days.
Fellow swimmer Ian Raquel, 11, finished with a perfect meet, or improvements in all 10 of his events over two days. He pocketed three first finishes, including one in the 100 IM (1:31:40) where he trimmed 5.79 seconds off his seeded swim.
Samantha Stokes finished with five personal bests in six events, her best showing coming in the 100 breaststroke (1:33.37) for an improvement of 5.23 seconds, and Lincoln Sorensen’s only recorded time of two minutes, 26.49 seconds came in the 100 freestyle for a whopping 31.57 improvement.
Isabella Sorensen, 7, posted a 1:44.46 swim in the 100 freestyle for a 22.76 improvement.
Kamaira Silva, 11, was nearly perfect and scored improvements in nine of her 10 events with the strongest swim coming in the 100 IM where she finished first on a 1:19.38 swim for an 11.52 improvement.
Kaleb Santiago, 7, posted his only first place in the 50 butterfly, touching the wall at 1:03.19 for the first time he swam the event.
Kaedyn Santiago, 9, posted his only first place in the 50 backstroke (45.76) where he improved by 3.10 seconds.
Keoni Pavao, 6, posted his only first place in the 25 butterfly (52.45) for the first time he swam this event, and Kapono Pavao, 8, posted two big improvement swims in the 100 freestyle (1:57:82) for a 34.35 improvement, and the 50 freestyle (46.73) for a 21.90 improvement.
Maddie Hoesel, 14, picked up her sole first place in the 200 IM (2:43.73) for a 2.30 improvement, and fellow team leader Sara Funtanilla, 14, pocketed her first place in the 100 backstroke (1:15.17) for a 3.01 improvement.
Katy Hoesel, 11, had a strong swim in the 100 IM (1:41.53) for an 11.07 improvement, and Madhav Collins-Doijode, 12 posted double-digit improvements in the 100 freestyle (1:41.49) for a 12.42 improvement, and in the 100 backstroke (2:06.33) for a 12.18 improvement.
Alfred Auger, 9, posted a 1:38.34 swim in the 100 IM for his first swim in this event. He also posted a 1:51.81 in the 100 breaststroke for an 11.27 improvement.
Silas Adams, 8, had his strongest swim in the 100 freestyle (2:10.93) for a 16.26 improvement, and Moses Adams, 6, posted two first place finishes, his first coming in the 25 backstroke (33.79) and the other coming in the 25 freestyle (30.52).
Elijah Adams, 10, had his first place swim in the 50 breaststroke (57.10) where he posted a 4.59 improvement over his seeded swim. He also posted a 2:05.13 in the 100 butterfly for a 13.75 improvement.